In honor of April Fools' Day and in light of this post about this post, let's discuss the longest running April Fools' joke to date: the continued employment of CA "Ubertrout" Pinkham at Gawker Media.
Ubertrout is a true success story from GT, provided that you define "success" as running a Jezebel subblog dedicated to endlessly rehashing the same tired subjects using unsustainable amounts of superlative and hyperbolic language. If the Dow Jones escalated in proportion to Ubertrout seeing "literally the stupidest comment ever," it would easily be topping 100,000 by the close of business today.
The blog's formula for success requires that every click is generated from a place of hate, with the exception of about 10 people who inexplicably seem to enjoy the subject matter. The upshot of this formula is that it basically guarantees that Kitchenette will be the crown jewel in Ubertrout's writing crown, since no one wants to hire a one trick pony who crowd sources all their content and shows no discernible creative development. Thus, in about a year, when the 600th iteration of Behind Closed Ovens makes it debut ("You won't believe how many times this chef shit down a turkey's neck before he cooked it") the collective internet will have lost their taste for this particular brand of outrage and Ubertrout will return to filling up our water glasses.
P.S. If you disagree with this post, fuck you and fuck everything you stand for.
Edit: Defenseofamadman has some interesting info regarding a long derelict Livejournal kept by Uber:
This thread has some very thoughtful debate about how GT creates a culture of enabling and other issues (outrageously off topic):
Luck Frog relates an anecdote about Uber driving off an actual thoughtful person:
Zhandi went after Kirov on twitter in an unhinged way:
There's some other great conversations happening, but I'm not able to find them at the moment because I can't keep track of what's going on either.