Gawker’s Demise is Troubling for Experiments in Reader Engagement

This is a column about’s demise, but it is also a column about a plane ride I took last Friday. The two are related, though it might not seem that way at first.

I’ll start with the plane ride, which was from San Francisco to Raleigh-Durham. I sat next to a woman who brought an assortment of religious material to read on the plane. We made some initial chit-chat about disliking airplane rides, then we both settled in for the lengthy flight — she read her Kindle, I thumbed through my backlog of New Yorkers.

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