Street Carnage is dead. It’s been dead for a while, actually but websites don’t rot so it’s not like there’s any rush to get the body in the ground. I started this site with Derrick Beckles in 2008 after I left Vice.
I thought we were going to be like my old company but with totally uncensored content that wasn’t beholden to advertisers. We’d combine my hilarious DOs & DON’Ts with his brilliant TV Carnage and we’d also shoot sketches in a makeshift studio like Tim & Eric. None of that happened. I couldn’t even get the name DOs & DON’Ts and was forced to call them “Street Boners.” Nobody cared. I was basically doing my old job after I had left my old job for a good reason.
We went from trying our balls off to dialing it in to using the site as a kind of Twitter acct where we’d announce various events or list new projects. Actual Twitter is much better than this. There were some good times. I met a good network of millennials who have a bright future. Editor Arvind Dilwar comes to mind. Jim Goad was also a great editor. As far as content, what really sticks out to me is “Wasted Pushups” wherein a guy named Sam would various drugs and then try doing pushups. He even tried heroin which really pissed off Derrick (we’ve both had a lot of friends OD). Sam demanded we take all those down. Millennials do that a lot. They’re not great at culpability.
Eventually, it became clear that Derrick’s future was making real TV in LA rather than just making fun of bad TV on his couch in New York. My future was starting a bunch of other careers and getting fired. I’m going to leave the site up for now because it’s part of my email address and there’s a ton of old content here it seems wrong to just delete.
Anyway, it was real. It was fun. But it wasn’t real fun and the moral of the story is you gotta keep throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks. This didn’t stick.