Yesterday I tweeted some things about "nerds" that were supposed to be funny, but ended up hurting many ppl. I fucked it up, and I'm sorry!
— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) October 17, 2014
Memo from Gawker Media’s editorial director:
From: Joel Johnson
Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 6:55 PM
To: All Staff
I don’t want to tell you what to tweet. But I do want you to think about how your tweets can be perceived without context. I’m as guilty as anyone about using Twitter as a place for absurdity and trolling among friends, but the last couple of days have made it clear how people are willing to conflate personal tweets as official company statements. If it’s willful conflation, then there’s nothing to be done. But try to keep in mind when a tweet could be innocently misinterpreted—and then don’t tweet.
I’ll be thinking about our need for an official policy about tweeting, including possibly determining that we still don’t need one. But the fact that I’m sending this email should indicate the degree to which errant joke tweets have become a pain in the ass.
Of course, this applies everywhere. This isn’t about cottoning to the fallacy of our age (ask Slackbot for details). This is about making sure that people can’t use our own ideas and words to undermine the truth of what we’re trying to say. That obviously applies to our own sites; increasingly, it seems that applies to everywhere we speak on the Internet.
On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM, [Deadspin editor] Tommy Craggs wrote:
As someone who is both drunk and responsible for the worst Gawker Media fuckup of the week, I probably don’t have any right to say this, but: this is shitty.
On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM, Joel Johnson wrote:
That’s not very specific. But noted.
On Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM, Tommy Craggs wrote:
Specifically, I was drunk on Johnnie Walker Red Label, my fuckup was this, and the memo was shitty because it broadcast the message that we can be cornered into a pious/CONTINUES Read More