Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Technorati tag: Tom of Functional Ambivalent bucks the blogswarm laughing and sometimes savaging Arianna Huffington's "gangblog," dubbing it merely "pretty bad."

The problem, as he sees it, is that the blog consists of the "thoughts" of Famous Hollywood People and Serious Journalists. Famous Hollywood People strike out because they "imagine that they're interesting because no matter what they're talking about people listen and no one ever tells them that what they're saying is stupid." You may have a point there, but who is this Haim Saban you use as an example of someone famous?

Serious Journalists, while also currently bad, may just need to be reeducated: "Successful blogs shred journalistic convention first by assuming that readers aren't stupid. And then, because an awfully lot of readers really are stupid, successful blogs use the power of the medium [that is, a hyperlink] to provide the kind of background."

Just noticed that handy hyperlink, Tom! [Click]

I'm back and no longer so stupid (at least in terms of H. Saban's bio) Though I have to say he sounds less famous than competitively rich:
Saban's generosity did not go unrewarded. During the Clinton administration, the entertainment executive served on the President's Export Council, advising the White House on trade issues. He also took an unusual pride in being a top contributor. When Saban learned that another donor had topped his contributions to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee by a quarter-million dollars, he immediately sent the DCCC a check for $250,000, with a $1 bill attached to it
Maybe the problem is less with the fame and journalistic cohones of its contributors and more that Ms. Huffington has pulled together a group of blognaifs to man her blog. But then again, the blogosphere loves blognaifs.


Post a Comment