Tuesday, May 10, 2005
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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
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:
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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