Shout out to the people reblogging stuff I posted over a year ago.
If you clicked my name on my most recent article, you’d notice my author page only has one post despite the fact that I’ve been freelancing for Salon since January (and started interning there in May).
I had them change my name in the CMS from “Matthew” to “Matt” because I despise being called “Matthew.”
So yeah, when they did that it caused a separate author page to be made.
If you’re looking for the old ones (two about college, one about Fox News, one about internships), they’re on my old author page right here: http://www.salon.com/writer/matthew_saccaro/
And btw, Salon’s tumblr went inactive recently because I’m the only intern there now, meaning I’m flooded with work and don’t have the time to update it in between the two other jobs I work (plus freelancing). Hopefully I’ll get the queue topped off sometime soon because I was really stunned by the positive responses we had. People genuinely seemed to like what we were posting—save for the random conservative who would DM us being like “ur blog fukin suks” heh.
What upsets me the most is that the really good writers there are the only people getting hurt by this. Now their reputations are going to suffer because because of a bigot and the jerkoff who got a page view boner. What a shame.
You might have seen my article on Salon already, here’s the rundown in case you haven’t:
Thought Catalog willingly published and promoted blatant hate speech. I don’t want anything to do with a site that does stuff like that.
I asked that my articles be removed. Lots of others did as well.
It’s a revolting development to see TC go from what it was to what it is now—a place that’s PROUD to harbor hate speech.
There’s still some great writers there now, though. I’m not trying to denigrate those people, just the person who wrote the hate speech, the editor/”producer” who greenlighted it, and Chris Laverne the owner of the site. Those three people should be ashamed.
I could go on but I already said everything I have to say in the article. It’s whatever.
I haven’t published a lot of stuff lately because I’m working on a lengthy article (I’m also working like 4 jobs lol). I’ve already interviewed a lot of people for it and still have a ton more to interview. So it’ll be a while until it’s out. Hopefully after that I can start publishing more again.
I say lots of things about lots of websites on Twitter. And I know it probably upsets some people. For me, Internet discourse has always been a battle between honesty and…decorum, let’s say. I always want to be as honest as possible without being *that guy* who just flat out insults you and says mean stuff and justifies it by going “at least I’m real, bro!”
So, for me, I want to highlight the stuff I think is wrong with the media industry and with many top websites (Huffpost, BuzzFeed, Gawker Media, Slate, and all the rest of them).
I think it’s just important for everyone to know that I’m not trying to be curmudgeonly and I’m not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings by doing that. I just want to be honest. I just feel like what’s the point of Twitter, of writing, of expression if you’re going to be dishonest? So I call out things that I think are questionable and I just say what I want to say. However, I really hope nobody takes it as me being mean or a bully or anything else. I don’t want to come across like that. I hate being mean and I hate making people sad. Alas, honesty often makes people sad and can be misconstrued as rudeness. It’s a tough line to walk.
The main reason I criticize the industry is because I think it should (and could) be soooo much more than it is—a desperate race to the bottom for clicks. I’ll have to do an article about it sometime.
I put it in quotes because the word update implies some amount progress.
A piece I wrote for the Daily Dot about the film industry made the front page of Reddit. Oddly, it was only when I stopped writing viral stuff that the stuff I was writing went viral. Funny. Whil Wheaton also shared it on his tumblr which is a big deal, at least to me.
I surpassed 1,500 twitter followers but I’ll probably lose them and go back to like 1,480. It’s whatever. And this number is really kind of worthless too hah hah. I mean yeah it kind of corresponds to your following as a writer/Internet person but it also kind of doesn’t.
I am working on some stuff. I got one thing I’m working on that I think is going to be really great. It’s the most ambitious article I’ve done, probably. I can’t wait until all the leg work is done and I finally get a chance to write it/publish it. Then I have a personal essay I’m working on that might be really well received or really poorly received—probably the latter. I also have a culture/dating thing that could be really interesting as well as another Internet media article that I hope won’t be too offensive to people.
So yeah. Sprinting but still not going anywhere—the Internet writer life hah hah hah.
Wil Wheaton shared a thing I wrote. That was quite an honor as his tumblr is really great.