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Where's the Instant Analysis?

Why haven't there been more harsh, snarky snap judgments about the amply hyped, celebrity-stocked The Huffington Post? You'd think bloggers would be tearing apart this interloper into the blogosphere within hours. Has a sudden outbreak of politesse gripped the Internet? Professional courtesy run amok?

You can't get away with saying that it's not fair to judge a blog by it's first day. Absurdly consequential judgments based on a debut performance have become the rule in the film industry. And the Web (especially the blogosphere) is far better equipped to render such verdicts.

That said, a few instant reactions:

Warren Bell, National Review Online: "I made the mistake of checking out The Huffington Post without putting down a dropcloth. Does anyone know how to get all this sanctimonious ooze off my rug?"

Nikki Finke, L.A. Weekly: "Her blog is such a bomb that it's the box-office equivalent of Gigli, Ishtar and Heaven's Gate rolled into one."

James Joyner, Outside the Beltway: "a decidedly mixed bag"

Howie Kurtz, Washington Post: "Larry David should have his own blog!":

Jack Shafer, Slate: "None of the alleged bloggers at the Huff Post are really arguing with anybody or reacting to much of anything in the news in their first entries These entries read like the opening lines from ungiven speeches that dribble off into empty mutterings."

Wait, I have it ... Maybe nobody really cares. ...

posted by on 05.10.05 at 09:29 AM




Comments:

Hi -

I went there and it really doesn't look any different from a loosely conglomerated mess of a web site.

There's just no "blog" in that blog...

posted by: John F. Opie on 05.10.05 at 09:29 AM [permalink]



Hey, it takes time to get in the groove.

posted by: praktike on 05.10.05 at 09:29 AM [permalink]



Ann Althouse has not been too kind, and certainly not too slow off the mark.

posted by: HC on 05.10.05 at 09:29 AM [permalink]



You hit it right on the head in your last sentence; does anyone care a whit for what Huffington has to say?

posted by: Arr-squared on 05.10.05 at 09:29 AM [permalink]



It smacks of MSM-blogging, which blog readers don't care about. It's like watching your parents try to be cool. When's the last time any of you read Hardblogger? Scarborough's blog??

posted by: Frank Bruno on 05.10.05 at 09:29 AM [permalink]



You hit it right on the head in your last sentence; does anyone care a whit for what Huffington has to say?

No. By and large, the blogosphere's reaction to the HuffingBlog is to give it a tremendous insult: It's not worth our time.

posted by: rosignol on 05.10.05 at 09:29 AM [permalink]



I've been attempting to satirize the concept over at Huff And Blow.

I have two problems:
1. Being funny on a tight schedule.
2. Trying to satirize something that's already close to satire, such as the latest Robert Evans and Hillary Rosen posts. The very fact that a semi-literate (as in, doesn't know how to read) former hairdresser is at a political commentary site is kinda tripping me up. I need to focus and concentrate on "funny."

posted by: Huff And Blow on 05.10.05 at 09:29 AM [permalink]



Correction: it's Jon Peters that's the semi-literate former hairdresser, not Robert Evans.

Nevertheless, I stand by the original idea that Robert Evans posting there is dangerously close to satire.

posted by: Huff And Blow on 05.10.05 at 09:29 AM [permalink]






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