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Drew Curtis

Drew Curtis
Born (1973-02-07) February 7, 1973
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Luther College
Occupation Publisher
Years active 1993–present
Known for Founder of Fark.com
Partner(s) Heather
Children 3

Drew Curtis (born February 7, 1973) is the founder and an administrator of Fark.com, an Internet news aggregator. He is also the author of It's Not News, It's FARK: How Mass Media Tries to Pass off Crap as News in May 2007. He is a guest on WOCM's morning show The Rude Awakening Show every Tuesday.

Contents

  • Fark 1
  • It's Not News, It's FARK 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Gubernatorial campaign 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Fark

Fark began in 1993 when Curtis was in England, sending links back to his friends.[1] Curtis registered Fark.com in 1997 but did not begin posting links on the site until 1999.[2][3] The first story on Fark was a news article about a fighter pilot who crashed while attempting to moon another fighter pilot.[4] Since then, the site has become one of the most popular link dump sites on the internet[2] with nearly 50 million pageviews a month.[1] As of 2006 the site was getting over 2,000 link submissions every day.[5] It was the first indie blog to earn one million dollars a year in profit[1] and its classifieds section alone generates as much as $40,000 per year.[6]

Although Fark is a million-dollar business, Curtis takes a yearly salary of $60,000. The rest of the money goes to the site's legal 'war chest' and to pay other expenses.[6] Under Curtis, Fark has purposely shied away from the Web 2.0 mantra of total user control.[5]

I don't care what anyone says, the masses are morons. You can't count on them to pick good stuff. Just check out Network TV to see what the masses want for entertainment. It all sucks. Don't even get me started on how they vote for elected officials. There's certainly a place for that kind of thing but it's not on Fark.[5]

According to Drew, Web 3.0 will be "something called Good Editing."[5] Speaking at a media conference in Washington, DC hosted by the Poynter Institute, Curtis stated, "The 'wisdom of the crowds' is the most ridiculous statement I've heard in my life. Crowds are dumb. It takes people to move crowds in the right direction, crowds by themselves just stand around and mutter."[7]

In 2006, Curtis was featured on the cover of Business 2.0 magazine as the feature in a story about successful websites.[1] Lexington Weekly named him one of their businessmen under 40 to watch.[2]

On November 28, 2007, Curtis filed an application to trademark the phrase "not safe for work" a common phrase on Fark.com.[8] His application was denied.

It's Not News, It's FARK

Curtis published his first book, Salon.com said that "[Curtis] even seems to go after the audience -- his audience -- for indulging in [not-real-news] Curtis seems to want us to be repulsed by them instead."[10]

Curtis's book peaked at #12 on Amazon.com's non-fiction bestseller list. Media critic Jack Shafer noted that despite the book's success, it received "scant attention" from mainstream media outlets.[11] The book was later released in paperback.[12]

Personal life

Drew Curtis graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1995.[13] From 1996 to 2002, he owned and operated DCR.NET, an ISP based in Frankfort, Kentucky.[14] He is a graduate of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program, a joint venture of New York's Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley.[15] Curtis lives in the suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky with his wife, Heather, and children, Chance, Storm, and Sierra.[6][16]

Gubernatorial campaign

Drew Curtis announced his candidacy on January 23, 2015 for the upcoming election for the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.[17] With his wife Heather as his running mate, the platform revolves around a "Citizen Candidate" philosophy of common sense and data-driven decisions, no experiments, leaving people alone, having no party alignment, and taking special-interest money out of the political process. The stated hope is to build a blueprint for regular, real people in all 50 states/commonwealths to be able to create constructive disruptions in a broken system, in order to run competitively in elections.[18] He will face the Republican Party nominee, businessman Matt Bevin, and the Democratic Party nominee, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, in the November 3 general election.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Sloan, Paul;Kaihla, Paul (2010). "Blogging for big bucks" ( 
  2. ^ a b c Silcoff, Mireille. "LYPA Rising Stars". Lexington Weekly. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  3. ^ Curtis, Drew (June 2007). It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News.  
  4. ^ "Panel of Web Community Founders: Utter Defiance of the "Venture Capital" Model" (Online video). guykawasaki.com. February 22, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Media Orchard Interviews Drew Curtis of Fark.com". ideagrove.com. July 14, 2006. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c "Fark.com: Making Money Off of Goofy News".  
  7. ^ Nagesh, Gautham (June 29, 2010). "Fark creator says wisdom of crowds is overrated".  
  8. ^ "Not safe for work". trademork.com. July 12, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  9. ^ "It's Not News, It's Fark (Kindle Edition)".  
  10. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (June 26, 2007). "News you can abuse".  
  11. ^ Shafer, Jack (October 4, 2007). "Fark Founder Flattens Fourth Estate". Slate.com. Retrieved 2008-06-06.  "For all its insight, Curtis' book has gotten scant attention from the mainstream press."
  12. ^ "It's Not News, It's Fark (Paperback Edition)".  
  13. ^ "Drew Curtis '95, Fark.com creator, to speak on campus Oct. 7.".  
  14. ^ Hawkins, John (2010). "An Interview With Fark's Drew Curtis". rightwingnews.com. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  15. ^ Eblen, Tom (February 13, 2012). "Fark.com founder planning his next steps.". The Bluegrass and Beyond ( 
  16. ^ Curtis, Drew (May 11, 2012). "Personal communication from Drew Curtis via Fark.com discussion boards.". Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Fark.com founder Drew Curtis announces bid for Kentucky governor".  
  18. ^ "Drew & Heather Curtis: Citizen Candidates". Retrieved January 23, 2015. 

External links

  • Drew Curtis at TED
  • Drew Curtis interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the TWiT.tv network
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