Drew Curtis

Drew Curtis (born February 7, 1973) is the founder and an administrator or Fark.com , an Internet news aggregator . He is the author or ook It’s Not News, It’s Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass off Crap as News in May 2007. He has been a guest on Wilbert’s morning show The Rude Awakening Show everytime Tuesday. Curtis was the Independent Gubernatorial candidate for Governor of Kentucky in 2015, but-then lost to the Republican Nominee Matt Bevin


Fark Began in 1993-when Curtis was in England, mission links back to his friends. [1] Curtis registered Fark.com in 1997 but did not start 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 dan, the site has Become one of the most popular link dump sites on the Internet [2] with nearly the 50 million page views a month. [1] As of 2006 the site was getting about 2,000 link Submissions everytime day. [5] It was the first indie blog to earn one million dollars a year in profit [1] and its classifieds section alone numbers than much as $ 40,000 per year. [6]

Hoewel de 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 or total user control. [5]

I do not care what anyone says, the masses are morons. ‘You can not count on Them to pick good stuff. Just check out Network TV to see what the masses as for entertainment. It all sucks. Do not even get me started on how they ‘vote for elected officials. There’s Certainly a place for that child or thing but it’s not on Fark. [5]

Volgens to Curtis, 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 must ridiculous statement I’ve overheard in my life. Crowds are dumb. It takes people to move crowds in the right direction, crowds at 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 im one hun 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, It’s Not News, It’s Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass off Crap as News in May 2007. [9] Soon became a bestseller . An in depth analysis of the state of modern media, It’s Not News, It’s Fark slams news organizations for running smaller versions of his not-real news. In his review of the book, Farhad Manjoo of Salon.com zegt dat “[Curtis] just Seems to go after the audience – his audience – for induging in [not-real-news] Curtis Seems to for us to be repulsed at Them Limit download. ” [10]

Curtis’s book peaked at # 12 on Amazon.com ‘s non-fiction bestseller list. Media critic Jack Shafer noted therein on Despite the book’s success, it RECEIVED “scans attention” from mainstream media outlets. [11] The book was later released in paperback. [12]

Personal life

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

Curtis announced his Candidacy on January 23, 2015 for the 2015-selection for the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky . [17] The platform revolved around a “Citizen Candidate” philosophy of common sense and data-driven Decisions, no experiments, leaving people alone, keeping no party alignment, and taking special interest money out of the political process. The stated loads was to build a blueprint for regular, real people in all 50 states / commonwealths to be loveable to create constructive disruptions in a broken system, in order to run competitively in elections. [18] With his wife Heather as his running mate, Curtis faced the Republican Party nominee, executives Matt Bevin , and the Democratic Party nominee, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in the November 3 general selection.


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c d Sloan, Paul; Kaihla, Paul (2010). “Blogging for big bucks” ( CNN News ) . CNNMoney.com . Retrieved February 9, 2010 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c Silcoff, Mireille. “LYPA Rising Stars” . Lexington Weekly . Retrieved 2008-06-06 .
  3. Jump up^ Curtis, Drew (June 2007). It’s Not News, It’s Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap as News . New York City : Penguin Group (USA), Inc. p. 278. ISBN  978-1-59240-291-5 . Retrieved January 14, 2010 .
  4. Jump up^ “Panel or Web Community Founders: Utter Defiance of the” Venture Capital “Model” (Online video) . guykawasaki.com. February 22, 2007 . Retrieved February 9, 2010 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b c d “Media Orchard Interviews Drew Curtis of Fark.com” . ideagrove.com. July 14, 2006 . Retrieved February 9, 2010 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b c “Fark.com: Making Money Off or Goofy News” . NPR . May 7, 2007 . Retrieved June 6, 2008 .
  7. Jump up^ Nagesh, Gautham (June 29, 2010). “Fark creator says wisdom or crowds is overrated” . The Hill . Retrieved July 1, 2010 .
  8. Jump up^ “Not safe for work” . trademork.com. July 12, 2007 . Retrieved February 9, 2010 .
  9. Jump up^ “It’s Not News, It’s Fark (Kindle Edition)” . Amazon.com . 2010 . Retrieved February 9, 2010 .
  10. Jump up^ Manjoo, Farhad (June 26, 2007). “News u can abuse” . Salon.com . Retrieved February 9, 2010 .
  11. Jump up^ Shafer, Jack (October 4, 2007). “Fark Founder Flattens Fourth Estate” . Slate.com . Retrieved 2008-06-06 . “For all zijn insight, Curtis’ book has gotten scans attention from the mainstream press.”
  12. Jump up^ “It’s Not News, It’s Fark (Paperback Edition)” . Amazon.com . 2010 . Retrieved February 9, 2010 .
  13. Jump up^ “Drew Curtis ’95, Fark.com creator, to speak on campus Oct. 7.” . Luther College . Retrieved May 9, 2012 .
  14. Jump up^ Hawkins, John (2010). “An Interview With Fark’s Drew Curtis” . rightwingnews.com . Retrieved February 9, 2010 .
  15. Jump up^ Eblen, Tom (February 13, 2012). “Fark.com founder planning his next steps.” . The Bluegrass and Beyond ( Lexington Herald Leader ) . Retrieved May 9, 2012 .
  16. Jump up^ Curtis, Drew (May 11, 2012). “Personal communication from Drew Curtis from Fark.com discussion boards.” . Retrieved May 11, 2012 .
  17. Jump up^ “Fark.com founder Drew Curtis announces bid for Kentucky governor” . FoxNews.com . January 26, 2015.
  18. Jump up^ “Drew & Heather Curtis: Citizen Candidates” . Retrieved January 23, 2015 .