Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Perhaps it was the hubris of appropriating the acronym LGBT and literally turning it into a monetary symbol.
Perhaps it was the massive overspending.
Perhaps it was the megalomaniacal higher-ups who flew around the world on the company wallet.
Perhaps it was sheer karma for selling gay media down the river like a dressed up whore.
Whatever, Bill Gates' $25 million hasn't helped Planet Out/Gay.com from tanking.
Yeah, I worked for them - each - briefly.
Here's a few 2000-era articles that I wrote for them, dredged up and linkified a while back.
I actually got some good work done, when I wasn't being backstabbed by a catty talentless copy editor, sabotaged by sociopathic co-producers and other assorted freaks.
Schadenfreude? Mebbe. The people I had to work with aren't there any more. I don't even think they have humans working there anymore; just bots.
Inevitable? Didn't have to be.
Predictable? Oh, yeah.
Bay Area Reporter
Queerty has a hilariously snide history of following this.
Chris Crain's is a bit more measured.