Must Read

by Ryan


One of the most interesting days in the history of the world was yesterday. Well, let’s not get carried away here, but it was an interesting day in the blogosphere for sure. Deadspin went a bit haywire and put ESPN directly in the cross hairs. If you haven’t heard about this, it’s best to read the linked post and work your way forward.

I’m not sure what to think about all this just yet, but Clay Travis had an excellent analysis of what happened yesterday. If you have any interest at all in the development of the blogosphere, First Amendment rights, and the slight differences between “mainstream” and “popular”; this is a must read.

More to come, but I thought this is certainly something worth spending some time on. I’m curious to know what you guys think of all this, but I’m not really sure myself.


  1. I have no doubt that ESPN is a cesspool of harassment and other sexual adventures. But even if that’s true, Deadspin’s post was malicious and irresponsible. It was pretty much the embodiment of what people hate about blogs. (Minus being written from someone’s mother’s basement, of course.)

  2. PKB

    I think the idea that Deadspin was being malicious in outing these people (which they were) is ancillary to the actual stories told. They paint a picture much worse than adultery. It’s not too much to ask that your employees behave themselves in an ethical manner.

    Now, it goes without saying that Deadspin has lower standards for their sources than the MSM. So the validity of all their claims is rightfully called into question. ESPN would be wrong to do nothing if the people mentioned in these reports were to insist they’re innocent. Their status within the company makes them public figures. ESPN’s reputation is tied to that of its high ranking employees and it should stand by them if they are unjustly called into question.