Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The Huffington Post - Day Two

Who knew that a "celebrity blog" could be this intensely, mind-numbingly boring? After all the breathless pre-blog publicity this is what the public gets? At least Cousin Hubert's family blog has some pictures, for crying out loud.

The Huffington Post may accomplish what the mainstream media thus far has been unable to do: suck the life out of blogs. And btw, Arianna, it's not really a "blog" if you don't allow comments and trackbacks.

Nikki Finke of LA Weekly agrees:
Judging from today's horrific debut of the humongously pre-hyped celebrity blog the Huffington Post, the Madonna of the mediapolitic world has gone one reinvention too many. She has now made an online ass of herself. What Arianna Huffington's bizarre guru-cult association, 180-degree conservative-to-liberal conversion, and failed run in the California gubernatorial-recall race couldn't accomplish, her blog has now done: She is finally played out publicly. This Web-site venture is the sort of failure that is simply unsurvivable, because of all the advance publicity touting its success as inevitable. Her blog is such a bomb that it's the box-office equivalent of Gigli, Ishtar and Heaven's Gate rolled into one. In magazine terms, it's the disastrous clone of Tina Brown's Talk, JFK Jr.'s George or Maer Roshan's Radar. No matter what happens to Huffington, it's clear Hollywood will suffer the consequences.

Outside the Beltway has a different take. But then again, OTB is on Arianna's blogroll...