Well, Peter Thiel has won in his quest for revenge: Gawker Media is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and will likely be sold once its assets are realigned. I don’t like that they published Hulk Hogan’s sex tape. I don’t like that Peter Thiel has used his billions in a quest for revenge. I don’t like that this situation is going to wind up hurting a lot of good people who had nothing to do with a pro-wrestler or a billionaire egotist. As far as I can tell, this is the moral equivalent of burning down a village because one or two residents embarrassed you.
So this is just a quick note of solidarity from a little guy blogger to all the other writers and staff at the sites I love so much. To everyone at Gawker, and especially those at Gizmodo (and io9), Jezebel, Kotaku, and Jalopnik — I’ve gotten so much good news from all of you over the years. I hope things work out for all of you.
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Richard Ford Burley is a human, writer, and doctoral candidate at Boston College, as well as an editor at Ledger, the first academic journal devoted to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In his spare time he writes about science, skepticism, feminism, and futurism here at This Week In Tomorrow.