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Gawker’s demise offers a storybook ending showcasing the power of deep pockets.


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Gawker – the celebrity gossip blog – has posted its final story after Terry Bollea (a.k.a. wrestler Hulk Hogan) won a $140 million privacy lawsuit against the Gawker Media Group. In the website’s final post on August 22, 2016, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton bids readers good-bye and explains that this is a fitting end for a website that strived to help people understand “how things work” and the “secret ways that power manifests itself.” getAbstract recommends this article to people who have followed the lawsuit and to anyone interested in the power of deep pockets.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why venture capitalist Peter Thiel had a vendetta against the gossip blog Gawker’s parent company
  • Why Gawker went into bankruptcy
  • How deep pockets influence media outlets


Terry Bollea’s (a.k.a. wrestler Hulk Hogan) $140 million privacy lawsuit has shut down the Gawker gossip blog. Bollea’s secret financial backer was Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel – co-founder of PayPal – who had become disgruntled after one of Gawker Media’s other blogs outed him...
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British Internet entrepreneur Nick Denton is the founder of the Gawker Media Group and was the managing editor of

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