I've been a loyal reader of Lifehacker since practically day one and throughout the years they've published things that I didn't like or agree with. Such is the way with these sorts of things. But I have to draw the line at bigotry.
According to Lifehacker introverts are weirdos who sit in the bathroom wearing batman costumes looking sad. This portrayal of a minority group, which I count myself part of, is blatantly bigoted. In an e-mail exchange Lifehacker's Editor in Chief, Adam Pash, defended the post:
Hey Adam, In the context of this post, "introverted" is nothing more than an adjective—it's not "How can I avoid becoming an introvert?" I get where you're approaching this from, but I don't agree with you. I'm introverted. So is Thorin. Our discussions in preparing this post included both of us admitting as much to each other. The post isn't calling introverts weirdos (and, yes, "weirdo" is a term applied light-heartedly—how else can you apply "weirdo"?); it's saying "I'm an introvert; how can I avoid also being a social shut-in."
My apologies if it feels like bigotry. I don't agree that that's what it is, though.
I'm not sure that Pash read the same title that I did: "How Can I Avoid Becoming an Introverted Weirdo?" is saying how can I avoid becoming one of those weird introverts.
At the very least the post and Pash's explanation imply that there is something wrong with being an introvert, that introverts suffer from some kind of defect that needs correcting via the advice of a hack journalist.
Lifehacker has every right to publish what they want. I fell very strongly about that and would defend that right with my life. But their willingness to dispense and defend overt bigotry has cost them a reader.