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Monday, April 25, 2005

A BLOG FOR THE MASSES 
Arianna Huffington's new blog is getting good press in the New York Times, which promises that the new blog will "move blogging from the realm of the anonymous individual to the realm of the celebrity collective." I don't know about you, but I sure was getting sick of all these smart people writing blogs. It's about time we heard more opinions from Hollywood celebrities!

But the new blog isn't just for celebrities, there is plenty of room for the "masses" as well:
But unlike the Drudge Report, the Huffington Post will be interactive, offering news as well as commentary from famous people and allowing the masses to comment too, although not always directly with the celebs.

Okay, time to get serious. First, the Drudge Report is not a blog, it's a news site (sometimes called a "collector") that either links to other news sites or provides original reporting. Second, almost all real blogs allow the "masses" to comment. Because the Drudge Report is not a blog, it doesn't offer commentary. Comparing a blog to the Drudge Report is like comparing an op-ed page to a front-page story. Using that analogy, I can see why the NYT would blur the two together.

Not only that, but I just love how the NYT uses the term "masses" and implies that the idiot celebrities' ghostwritten contributions to the Huffington Report will be somehow superior to anything you might hear coming from Jay Leno's couch or an overblown Oscar's acceptance speech. When the topics become serious, the lefty celebrities just sound stupid, although stupid in a profound-sounding way.
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