“Gawker Media’s Nick Denton, one of the first to pay writers according to their page views and now a high-profile skeptic of the practice…in the last year, he has moved to hiring them as full-time employees, with set salaries and bonuses tied to “unique visitors”—a metric that he says measures the writer’s ability to bring new readers into the fold. No sentimentalist, Denton says he changed the formula because he found that page-view incentives encouraged writers to deliver worthless rehashes rather than reporting and tabloid-style scoops—in other words, journalism.”
Above: Putting a Price on Words, NYT Magazine, May 10, 2010
I’d like to dedicate my belated worship of this piece by Elizabeth Spiers to every drunk male baseball fan who has accused me — an on-duty in-uniform EMT looking for patient distress in a sea of 40,000 people — of not “smiling pretty” for them.
I'm glad people are enjoying the episode, in which Oliver makes somewhat more ejaculation jokes than normal. Hey, what can you do, splooge is funny. But to anyone who once was or is a "journalist" and watched as the majority of their (lucky) peers were regurgitated as "content producers," this was just kind of painful and should have aired with free shots.