A little while ago, one of the guys from Deadspin reached out to me to check on the status of the editor referenced in a post I had made about a proofreading error gone wrong. They expressed genuine concern about his situation, which I very much appreciate, leading me to believe that some of the more harsh opinions I stated about their character may not have been warranted.
Given their inquiry as to the well being of the affected party, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve decided to take down my previous post, which was driven mainly by anger I was feeling at the time over second-hand information I had found. Essentially, after communicating with Deadspin, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure I was entirely fair, and that’s not really the tone I like to project here anyway.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to repeat that I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t actually know for a fact that any particular site was what cost the person in question here. In an instant news environment, information spreads like wildfire; the error and subsequent fallout was easily found by a Google or Twitter search. It was simply my opinion given their widespread reach and the fact that mainstream outlets have come to view them as opinion-shapers.
Perhaps itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s simply that this is one of my pet peeves. It would be naive for me to expect this sort of thing not to happen, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just that in an ideal world, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think it would have a place.
They also took some issue with the opinions expressed in my post, which I understand and respect. My point was more in a broad sense, that spreading errors of that nature could have repercussions that might not be considered ahead of time, especially when a large audience is involved.
In fact, my issue is maybe not so much with Deadspin itself, which I probably should have expressed more properly, but my opinions of a culture in which even what is obviously a human error is splashed all over the map Dewey-Truman style. Deadspin may be merely keeping up with the times in this case, in fact doing it better than anyone else given their success and finances.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll reiterate one final time that perhaps some of my harsher opinions were a bit excessive, as shown by their concern about the affected party.