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RIP Gawker, the internet's original purveyor of snark

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Nick Denton, founder of Gawker, talks with his legal team before Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, testifies in court during his trial against Gawker Media in St Petersburg, Florida in March. Gawker went off-line yesterday. Pool/Getty Images

Univision won Gawker Media in an auction for $135 million last week, bringing Nick Denton’s reign of the media empire he founded 14 years ago to an end. has officially shut down, but other properties like Gizmodo and Dead Spin are still in operation.

It is an end of an era for one of the internet’s most original voices. Before TMZ and Buzzfeed, there was Gawker and its slate of in-the-know, cooler-than-thou writers. The site was a must-visit for media elites and heartland readers alike, and the snarky, gossipy tone it created was as envied as it was imitated.

What’s in store for Gawker Media? What does Univision get out of the purchase? What is Gawker’s legacy?


Jeb Lund, a columnist for the Rolling Stone who’s been following the Gawker story

Veronica Villafañe, editor and publisher of Media Moves, an online publication that focuses on the Hispanic media industry and Latinos in the media 

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