Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The End of the Current Incarnation of This Corner of the Internet

It's the real end of a very long and sturdy era: sly and quiet media blogger Jim Romenesko will be semi-retiring at Poynter and Slate has laid off loud and jollily abrasive media columnist Jack Shafer, who is now drunk. These two have been the opposing end-caps on the rolling barrel that is media reporting online throughout the entire existence of the popular Internet as we know it. Both will continue to do some work for their current publications, but really they were the last two institutions standing: Richard Johnson left Page Six; Peter Kaplan left the Observer; there is nearly nothing remaining from the Old Recent World of New York City, unless you count Graydon Carter's stewardship of Vanity Fair, which I don't think I do. In the new arrangement of things, the most long-lived fixtures in the firmament are, surprisingly enough, Gawker Media owner Nick Denton and Times reporter-columnist David Carr—both of whom started their current incarnations in the same year, 2002.

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shafers still a pig and doubly so for not drinking cheap côtes du rhône

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

@Butterscotch Stalin: I don't mind Shafer — he's stirred up some interesting issues over the years — but I'm 100% with you on the cheap côtes du rhône.

keisertroll (#1,117)

My God, I was in high school in 2002. Please tell me Flak magazine is still around.

Annie K. (#3,563)

The only reason I even look at Slate is to see what Shafer's written. Ok, him and Dear Prudence but if you tell anyone I'll deny it. Anyway, my opinion probably doesn't mean as much to Slate as it does to me. But without Shafer, Slate is pretty goddam boring.

jfruh (#713)

2002! That wasn't even so long ago! It was barely [counts off on fingers] oh shit I'm so old

skahammer (#587)

I don't read it myself, but shouldn't New York magazine get a shout-out somewhere in a blurb like this?

KenWheaton (#401)

@skahammer This was supposedly tweeted by Alec Baldwin on Twitter this morning: "New York Magazine….as if The Atlantic was written by the staff of Us Weekly."

skahammer (#587)

@KenWheaton: See, that's all I was looking for.

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