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While I Was Working, Richard Lawson Left Gawker

Richard Lawson has left Gawker to cover culture and be amazing at Atlantic Wire.

If you don’t know who Richard Lawson is, you’re blowing it; he’s not just the funniest person who’s ever written for Gawker and the funniest culture columnist anywhere, period–his originality is truly inspiring, and he might have been the wittiest writer on the Internet for a bit there.

Read what some of his former colleagues have to say about him here.

And the award for Greatest Movie-Scuttlebutt Blogger goes to …

Richard Lawson. Sorry, everybody who just rewrites press releases from the first-person perspective and tries to sound like TheSuperficial.com. You’re blowing it. (Except you, Brendon. You’ve got the best one-liners forever, even if your grammatical skills are, like … well, fuck, man.)  Richard Lawson kills it for Gawker daily because he’s different and awesome, just like the troubled protagonist in any number of big mainstream movies he would’ve casually and obliquely shredded, had he been writing about movies when Powder came out.

Cheers, Richard.

lawbi #5: Nobody Needs the News

In early January, New York media-and-culture pulsefinder Gawker.com ran a couple of posts on the subject of lazy journalism. Chief among today’s lackadaisical newswriters’ offenses, apparently, is “crowdsourcing,” or using social networks such as Twitter to solicit quotable anecdotes for softcore personal-interest features. You know, asking the world if anybody ever grabbed a bag off the airport luggage conveyor that looked like theirs but wasn’t, or if anybody’s dog ever barked the family out of a dead sleep when it smelled fungus turning to fire inside the walls, or whatever.

The message was that these journalists should be cultivating knowledgeable sources about important news, rather than begging the huddled masses for a ready-made story about someone who once made a crepe that looked a little like Roy Orbison.

And now there’s all this talk about Pulitzer Prize-winner Alex S. Jones’ book Losing The News. It’s about how, as the old-school news industry struggles both to participate in and compete with new media, fact-based watchdog journalism is being crowded out by gossip reporting, biased presentation, fluff, personality-driven delivery, thinly veiled advertorial and the kind of opinionated, attitude-laden superficiality represented by stuff like, well, this column, really.

Frankly, I don’t see the problem.

Read the rest at Creative Loafing