Monday, May 09, 2005

The Huffington Post

Ariana Huffington's new group-blog is up and...not exactly running. Huffington's stable of celebrity bloggers is heavy on name recognition and light on original thought. For example:
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall (a heterosexual, married, Hollywood couple) predictably defend gay marriage because it doesn't affect them (or so they think).
  • Mike Nichols (the former comedian and successful film director) babbles on about the purpose of the blog, fundamentalists, evil market forces, and the need for better metaphors. Mike needs to find a metaphor and stick with it.
  • Film actor John Cusack eulogizes Hunter S. Thompson, probably unaware that Thompson was the antithesis of a Hollywood liberal.
  • Comedien(ne) Ellen DeGeneres laments that fact that 1,000 wild horses have been turned into dog food. Did I miss the part where she offered to pay for their care and feeding?
  • Director David Mamet rambles as if under the influence of a hallucinatory drug, though he manages to slip in a predictable, Hollywoodish dig about "a vast our government."
There's more, but that's more than enough for me. The Huffington Post won't appear on my blogroll, nor will I visit it regularly. There's no "there" there.