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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work