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Gawker’s Nick Denton Loves Dumb Questions, and His NBC Profile

If you’re reading this, you probably know all about Nick Denton. Because you’ve read plenty about the Gawker Media owner on sites like this, along with profiles in New York magazine, the New Yorker, etc.

But it’s always good to remember that most of the world has no idea who Denton is. Hence the utility of this 11-minute profile on NBC’s “Rock Center,” which aired last night.

Here’s Denton’s description of it, via Facebook: “Some internet insiders disdain the dumb questions of network television. Their contempt is misplaced. The dumb questions are almost always the interesting ones.”

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik