Over the weekend The New York Instances published an fascinating learn by Ben Smith on the rise of Substack and its impact on the publishing business. But buried deep in the piece was one other little gem: The legendary weblog Gawker is being revived. As Smith wrote:
(Talking of that spirit: Bustle Digital Group confirmed to me that it’s reviving the legendary weblog Gawker underneath a former Gawker author, Leah Finnegan.)
Leah Finnegan herself then confirmed the information on Twitter.
the rumors are true.. https://t.co/Askz7wy1zN
— Leah Finnegan (@leahfinnegan) April 11, 2021
Proper no longer so much else is recognized about Gawker’s revival (I’ve reached out to Finnegan for remark and can replace this publish with any reply). It’s possible Gawker will come back and retain its outdated weblog format. Then once more, the business has gone by way of many modifications since August 2016 when Gawker shut down. It’s attainable Gawker could possibly be revived as a Substack-like platform, although that’s simply hypothesis on my half.
Bustle Digital Group (BDG), who is reportedly the writer of the revived Gawker owns 9 different publishing manufacturers together with Bustle, Mic, Inverse, Nylon, and Elite Each day. At the time of this writing, Gawker has not been added to BDG’s model web page.
Gawker shut down in 2016 after Hulk Hogan received a privateness swimsuit towards the publication for publishing a intercourse tape that includes the wrestler. Hogan’s swimsuit was partially funded by billionaire enterprise capitalist Peter Thiel, who Gawker outed as homosexual in 2007. Hogan was initially awarded $140 million in the Gawker swimsuit, bankrupting the weblog. Gawker later reached a settlement with Hogan for $31 million.