Owen Thomas: The "Dirty Laundry" of Digital Media History
This Week's Guest:
Business Editor, The San Francisco Chronicle
Owen Thomas is the business editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. He supervises The Chronicle’s business and technology coverage. Previously, Thomas was the editor-in-chief of ReadWrite, a technology news site. His digital experience includes serving as the West Coast Editor of Business Insider, executive editor at the Daily Dot, and managing editor of Gawker Media's Valleywag. Before that, he served in various roles at Time Inc.'s Business 2.0 magazine, the Red Herring, and Wired.
Thomas has a bachelor's degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. Owen's on Twitter, too.
About This Episode:
We started out thinking we could get through the entire history of digital media from Suck.com to Gawker in 30 minutes.
We were wrong. Hey, it's episode 1!
I was so fascinated by the story of Suck.com that I decided to devote the entire episode to it. Owen will be back soon to talk about the real story behind his famous Gawker article about Peter Thiel. But in the meantime, you are going to love learning why we really are so snarky on the web.
In this episode, Owen mentions some "must read" articles from Suck.com. We've read them, and we agree.
- Owen recommends anything by Polly Esther (Heather Havrilesky), but this is the article on straight dating mentioned in this episode.
- Ana Marie Cox snarks on Burning Man in the days of dial up, long before it was cool to do it on Twitter.
- The proof CNN's Jake Tapper was a "Suckster"—and his unforgettable screen name.