(cont..) but I feel like, and maybe I’m wrong, but I feel like you’ve been leading the charge a bit? And I really want to thank you, because the twelve-year old girl is now a seventeen-year-old comedian who treasures the site like toilet paper after a zombie apocalypse, except now I feel like a reader who actually counts as a reader. Because when I started reading the site, I felt more like the butt of the joke. So thank you.
Why is there a word-count limit on Tumblr asks? That’s ridiculous.
I’m really glad you feel more included in the site’s community than you used to, I think every member of the site’s team would take that as a compliment. I think we all want everyone who comes to the site to know they’re not going to be made uncomfortable about who they are, unless a big part of “who they are” is “making other people feel like shit for no reason” in which case sorry, can’t help you, and also please go find better hobbies. Even with my MRA article, my goal wasn’t to mock them, it was to point out that these guys really need help.
As far as “leading the charge” of anything, as much as I’d like to take extra credit for making the site better, I think it’s been a lot more natural than that. I’ve only been a full time staffer for three weeks but my general impression has always been that everyone involved at Cracked just wants to make the site the best site it can be, and as both the creators and our readers get older and mature, that vision has broadened and changed. As Jason said in an interview with Mother Jones, “If there is a larger agenda, it’s “Train yourself to question everything.” … I suppose we do try to be on the side of poor people, minorities, and other marginalized groups, but that’s mostly because we don’t want to be dicks.” The bottom line is always “how can we be as funny as possible?” and part of creating good comedy is making sure the audience is on your side. And the best way to make sure the audience is gonna be on your side is to be right.
So that’s my impression of how this site works, as one of the newest and least-important members of an incredibly hard-working and talented team. I’m really glad you like the direction we’ve all taken the site, and I hope I don’t start screwing it up now that I work in the real office.
My next column is about movies that are stupid because I wanted to watch Doom again.