10/18/2012 10:51 am ET Updated Dec 18, 2012

Why Gawker Should Lose Its War With Reddit

Do you know there's a war on? In one cybertrench, there's Gawker: a gossip blog that's great at wading through the mud. In the other, there's Reddit: the chipper, multimillion-user-strong "front page" of the Internet. At face, the websites are at war over one man--or two, really. First, Michael Brutsch, a Texas grandpa, veteran, and computer programmer; second, Violentacrez, the influential, porn-loving paragon of Reddit's weirdo-filled fringe. Last week, Gawker's Adrian Chen outed the first man as the second--the Wizard of a depraved online Oz.

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