Posts Tagged ‘Jezebel’

Hortense is Jezebel’s moderator. She does anonymous posting. Remember this? Also, she does series intros. Smart and funny: Recession Special: Elio’s Pizza



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Clusterflock of words: Election politics. Where is print media? The words are dying!

9:54 ET: Maverick! Drink!


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A trip down the awkward aisle.

A trip down the awkward aisle.

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In posting about Jezebel yesterday this interview with Tracie and Moe was brought to my attention. Yeah, it’s pretty hard for me to watch without being wasted too.

And whoa.

Jezebel handled the backlash in a timely, thoughtful, straightforward way.



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Jezebel is a great blog with honest writers.


Teen Vogue announced a new eating disorder in the October issue. Meet orthorexia. Dodai, Editor for Jezebel, calls the article out for pulling the oldest trick in teen magazine’s book. The trick: superficial content with the illusion of depth. Publish pictures of perfect looking, stereotypically beautiful models and celebrities in the same issue they address the real, serious issues that adolescents face. Dodai writes

Wait! Gidus goes on to say: “It could easily lead to bulimia if you binge on unhealthy food and feel like you need to get rid of it. And the rigid nature of the disease could also lead to anorexia.” Good to know! True, the magazine isn’t outright suggesting readers try orthorexia, but here’s the picture that appears in the photo shoot immediately preceding the orthorexia story…

You can guess without looking at the post that the pictures of a thin, posed, probably airbrushed model. It’s a true, honest, brilliantly written rant. It’s fun to read because if I could go back, understand this and say the same thing to myself I would.

Since travel isn’t possible, sorry Britney, everyone has to deal with becoming an adult in their own special, uniquely, totally messed up way. We can talk about pain all day but depth is what is missing. Responding to Teen Vogue, another Jezebel writer says today:

Last week, Dodai wrote about an upsetting article in the new issue of Teen Vogue, in which one reader quipped, “I can’t help but look down on my friends when they give in to temptations like pizza or ice cream.” And as someone who struggled with an eating disorder for over five years, I can tell you this: I can’t help but feel sorry for people who make statements like that.

Hortense, the anonymous moderator and writer apparently wrote this. Her insight is that it hurts to mistake an image for who you are but not to know is half of being human. There’s no witty, lighthearted way to frame that lesson. Only empathy. And a blog, magazine, writer can only go so far with this before it gets superficial (on the creepy side). Adding depth to a blog isn’t the same as self-disclosure, it’s the opposite of the magazine’s trick. A mirror.

Jezebel writers may teeter back and forth between superficial and too much self-disclosure sometimes but who doesn’t? Teeter away Jez. This time you showed us bloggers how it’s done. BAMFs.

Anonymous posting: when you want to self-disclose that you know that’s not who you are anymore.

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Everyone’s up in arms over a print journalist who reported the funeral of a three-year-old on Twitter. Why use Twitter? The child’s parents didn’t want media covering the memorial. Read the story if you want to know the details (Rocky Mountain News).

Maybe this is what Moe from Jezebel (now at Gawker) meant when she joked… kind of… that Twitter is the end of the world. If you’re thinking about using under 140 characters to update everyone online on a tragic event, stop. Think. If it’s not a terrorist-level emergency, you should keep thinking, judge through past experience, put yourself in their shoes, etc., etc.

Twitter Cartoon (ReadWriteWeb)

General Consensus. Twittering the funeral of a toddler who died tragically in an ice cream shop is crossing the line. Also, nobody should have to tell you that!

Let it be. It’s never good to use web tools and networks to be sneaky about what you do/information you give or get. Two reasons: it’s hard to stop and easy to loose a human touch. Go ahead and google search someone. But social networks are anti-social and creepy enough as it is. Don’t be that guy.

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Open Thread

Jezebel: Open Thread

Open threads are a way for bloggers to open a post up for user comment. Usually the title of the post is Open Thread: Topic (whatever the topic may be). A good topic would be something in the news, like Hurricane Ike, or something everyone can relate to, like baby strollers.

Blogs like Boing Boing or Clusterflock post links to interesting, but totally random content that’s entertaining. They post open threads just because they can. There doesn’t have to be a topic because the blog doesn’t have any particular focus so users don’t expect one. At the same time, it’s not always true that blogs use open threads because they don’t have anything to say or need content. Even blogs like Jezebel that post 50+ times a day use open threads. It’s also part of online community “bonding.”

It’s kind of like a chat room since users and bloggers have common interests and are interacting online. But blogs aren’t groups, they’re networks. So, open threads are a way to tap the network (users and other bloggers) about a specific topics.

It’s also simply just a way for blogs to discuss popular news or important events.


  1. Open Thread on Wikipedia
  2. Jezebel: Hurricane Ike Open Thread
  3. Clusterflock: Open Thread

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