A Bad Place Full Of Bad Jerks
A Bad Place Full Of Bad Jerks
Illustration for article titled (Hypothetically) Im A Former Gawker Writer And Now I Write For Deadspin (And More). Why Did They Hire Me?

Let’s say, hypothetically, that the company you worked for did some bad things, according to a court of law. Let’s also say that the company you worked for moved you to another branch in order to continue your gainful employment. Furthermore, let’s say that whatever made you a “success” at your previous place of employment now makes you inaccessible and generally annoying at your new place of employment.

What do you do? Would you continue to write bad articles in a bad writing voice? How would you try to fit in? Is it even worth it?


The trouble with transitioning to a new job with new responsibilities is that there is a very short window of time to learn the lay of the land. The good writers learn this. Unfortunately, these are the ones who are brought up in that environment. If you weren’t brought up in that culture, it’s a lot harder to understand and adapt. It’s doable, but it’s tough.

If I were to give some advice to this hypothetical person, it would be this: put in the work and know your audience, or that audience will continue to make fun of you.

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