Monday, May 09, 2005

Fodder for flogging

The new celeb-blog, the Huffington Post, is a mixed hat of news and blogs.

However, the focus is almost all on the blogs. It has Hollywood's stars pounding that keyboard for the Democrats, mostly.

I think that its biggest downfall is also its biggest draw: the celebrities of course. Celebrities are praised for their acting and critisized for their politics. Count me crazy, but what will bring this blog down is ridicule.

Check this post out, for example. Or this one. And...another one.

These posts demonstrate how blase this blog has already become. Christian right this, anti-gay activists that, etc. This blog is an easy way for celebs to sound dumber, in their own words. We like to tear down celebs precisely because we wish to bridge the gap between those on a pedestal and us. These posts really show how human these superstars are. They also confirm the suspicions of those who think that many celebs are not the brightest tools in the shed.

INTERESTINGLY, there is also a user agreement for the Huffington Post that does not occur on many blogs. Here are some highlights:

"IF YOU RELY ON THIS SERVICE AND ANY MATERIALS AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS SERVICE, YOU DO SO SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK."

"THIS SERVICE IS AVAILABLE "AS IS." WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THIS SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. THERE MAY BE DELAYS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS AND INACCURACIES IN THE NEWS, INFORMATION OR OTHER MATERIALS AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS SERVICE."

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