Is a tech blogger insurgency underfoot? First Valleywag writer Jordan Golson complains publicly about pay cuts administered by Gawker Media boss Nick Denton. Golson was fired soon after, though details are unclear. Now today TechCrunch contributor Jason Kincaid made a lightly veiled reference to a recent weight gain by Michael Arrington, the founder of the blog.
Shown in the attached screenshot, Jason Kincaid mentions in a post on National Geographic’s site that "we all know a certain blogger who could stand to lose thirty pounds."
The blog then links to a New York Times article titled Writers Blog Till They Drop from early April that mentions Arrington:
“I haven’t died yet,” said Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, a popular technology blog. The site has brought in millions in advertising revenue, but there has been a hefty cost. Mr. Arrington says he has gained 30 pounds in the last three years, developed a severe sleeping disorder and turned his home into an office for him and four employees. “At some point, I’ll have a nervous breakdown and be admitted to the hospital, or something else will happen.”
“This is not sustainable,” he said.
Arrington made the statement himself, so he may not object. But in a culture founded on irreverence and snarkiness, an underground revolution may not be far off.