What the fucking shit happened to The Onion?

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https://www.theonion.com/

I know nothing lasts forever, but this is like... fucking suspicious. Something fucking stinks here, and its not just these awful, stale and predictable fucking jokes.

Who murdered this website and installed an imposter in its place? This shit used to be cut from the finest of fine cloth, every single damn day.

Wha happen
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A COMEDIAN DIED TONIGHT
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I heard there was a mass exodus - all the decent talent jumped ship and started writing clickventures full-time
https://clickhole.com/category/clickventures/
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seriously, though - seems like money happened:
In January 2016, CEO Mike McAvoy announced that Univision Communications had purchased a 40% stake in Onion, Inc. "As an independent media company, we’ve always been forced to run a tight financial ship, which has made us smart and lean, but not always ready to invest in the great new ideas that we come up with," Mr. McAvoy said in a memo to staff. "I’m excited to see what we can do with Univision behind us."[138][139] This brings The Onion into the Fusion Media Group arm of Univision, the same media family as the Gizmodo collection of sites (Kotaku, Lifehacker, Deadspin, etc.), which also has led to a consolidated media management platform and aligned content presentation styles with these sister sites.[citation needed]

In September 2017, it was announced that the site's editor-in-chief Cole Bolton and executive editor Ben Berkley were stepping down from their posts. Chad Nackers—The Onion’s head writer—will take over as the role of editor-in-chief. A source familiar with the situation said that departures were partially due to disagreements about the direction the site was taking under the ownership of Univision.[141]

In March 2018 the employees of the company announced they had unionized with The Writers Guild Of America, East.[142] The union comprises "all of the creative staffs at Onion Inc.: The A.V. Club, The Onion, ClickHole, The Takeout, Onion Labs, and Onion Inc.’s video and art departments."[143] The union was recognized on April 20, 2018[144] and reached a contract agreement with management on December 20, 2018.[145]

In July 2018, rumors of pending layoffs at The Onion and related websites Clickhole and The A.V. Club were reported. Corporate parent Univision Communications is said to be looking to reduce the staff of the humor publication by around 15% amidst news of a pending sale of The Onion and related websites as well as Gizmodo Media Group assets. As stated an official Univision press release on the topic, "Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) […] today announced that the Company has initiated a formal process to explore the sale of the assets comprising the Gizmodo Media Group (GMG) and The Onion."[146][147][148][149]

On April 8, 2019, private equity firm Great Hill Partners announced the acquisition of Gizmodo Media Group—including The Onion, The A.V. Club, and Clickhole—from Univision for an undisclosed amount.[150] The properties will be formed into a new company named G/O Media Inc.[151][152]
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Thank you for participating in my angry thread Ross, I remember you were also talking to me about this earlier this year.

So wait, am I supposed to blame Gizmodo or Univision or both?
The way I read that, it seems like they were owned by Gizmodo even during the (latter) glory years?

I read and enjoyed a few of those clickventures (thank you for the link) but it seems like Clickhole has had it's spark of joy extinguished, as well.
I guess The Onion and Clickhole never gave real attribution to it's authors? It would be simple to figure this out if I could just easily see who wrote what/where/when.
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Basically the same thing that happened to any good site with good writers (i.e. Deadspin) -- corporate greed and the death of journalism.
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Eight Bit Alien wrote: Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:47 pm https://www.theonion.com/

I know nothing lasts forever, but this is like... fucking suspicious. Something fucking stinks here, and its not just these awful, stale and predictable fucking jokes.

Who murdered this website and installed an imposter in its place? This shit used to be cut from the finest of fine cloth, every single damn day.

Wha happen
Who did it

A COMEDIAN DIED TONIGHT
The Onion's always been hit or miss. Sometimes they'll have highs but some years they'll have lows. Nothing will beat the 90's - early 2000 articles. This coming from a guy that used to read their paper before they had a website. The personals section was actually the best.
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Yeah I feel that, but I absolutely reject the idea that the current state is the result of an existing pattern, like the tide coming in and out. We're talking about a corpse here man. Simpson'd
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I kind of feel like comedy formats just have their lifespan, even something like the Onion. Just look at the reanimated corpse of Arrested Development that's somehow still shuffling around on Netflix. I couldn't even finish the last season.
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It's just a sad fact that comedy just isn't funny anymore. Personally, I laugh at tragedy which is like a demo tape for comedy.
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Hunter wrote: Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:17 am It's just a sad fact that comedy just isn't funny anymore. Personally, I laugh at tragedy which is like a demo tape for comedy.
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