Believe it or not, Nick Denton and Gawker Media want the same thing that Wikipedia does


Some may already have left without reading this post because of the headline: how on earth could notorious gossip merchant and rumor-monger Nick Denton of Gawker Media possibly have the same motivation as Wikipedia, the open-source encyclopedia? The answer might require a broadening of our definition of “truth” — not to mention a more democratic view of how it is ultimately determined — but there’s no question that Denton’s goal is truth, in all its messy virtue.

Denton talks about his pursuit of the capital T truth, among a great many other topics, in a recent interview with Playboy magazine. In particular, he talks about the motivation behind Kinja, the revolutionary discussion platform Gawker launched in 2012, and how — as he described it to me in an interview before the launch — the purpose is to level the playing field between readers and reporters. As Playboy puts it: “Gawker’s…

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