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Sheila McClear, New York Post Features Writer: Gawker is 20-Something Version of CNN

The Awl runs a recurring item called “Random New Yorker,” and the most recent one features an interview with Sheila McClear, a features writer for the New York Post. McClear speaks about a variety of things, like what her job is like and how Vince Neil is the coolest person she’s ever interviewed.

McClear worked for Gawker before coming to the Post, and her comments about it – and blogging in general – are the most interesting part of the interview. She says blogging is fine, but that it shouldn’t be any writer’s final goal. McClear does credit Gawker with teaching her how to stick to deadlines, but also says she rarely reads the website anymore, adding, “I kind of feel when I go to Gawker now I’m going to the twenty-something version of CNN.com.” In other words, a news site for people who want to know just enough about current events to make fun of them.

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