Say Hello to the Huffington Post

The Huffington Post is off and running. It's a winner, and going right on our "blogwire" roll. In addition to the home page, there's a blog page and a newswire page. The blog and newswire pages have a clean and crisp look - no clutter. There are a lot of blog entries on a variety of topics. If it wasn't a work day, I would spend hours there. I will later, I'm sure.

A nice touch is that some posts have a "bio" link and/or a picture next to the authors' names. This helps with those you've heard of but don't remember why, and those you are clueless about. Others, of course, are household names.

It's not just about politics. Some of those posting have never blogged before but gamely are giving it a try. It will be interesting to see who becomes hooked.

A few blog posts that have grabbed my attention so far:

John Cusak on Hunter Thompson. He describes a t-shirt Hunter sent him a few months before he died. Hunter had written on it:

'Politics is the art of controlling your environment.' That is one of the key things I learned in these years, and I learned it the hard way. Anybody who thinks that 'it doesn't matter who's President' has never been Drafted and sent off to fight and die in a vicious, stupid War on the other side of the World -- or been beaten and gassed by Police for trespassing on public property -- or been hounded by the IRS for purely political reasons -- or locked up in the Cook County Jail with a broken nose and no phone access and twelve perverts wanting to stomp your ass in the shower. That is when it matters who is President or Governor or Police Chief. That is when you will wish you had voted.

TalkLeft pal Rikki Klieman weighs in on the prosecutorial biased commentators in the Michael Jackson trial.

A technologically cool post by Jonah Peretti lets you see how magazines touch up photos of models to remove imperfections. The image changes when you move your mouse from portion to another. For a blog post, that's pretty advanced.

The news items allow comments, the blog entries do not. The blog page has an extensive blogroll. TalkLeft is on it, as is just about every blog we read daily.

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    Re: Say Hello to the Huffington Post (none / 0) (#1)
    by jackl2400 on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:58:54 PM EST
    I'll give Arianna's blog a more detailed look-see later (after work), but I have to say, Jeralyn, I'm not impressed so far by what I see... ...which is to say, a "one way" blog that does not seem to permit any reader comments (but does have a lengthy acceptable use policy that is concerned that readers might "steal" content or rely on it for legal advice? "as is" warranty for a blog? Ummkay.). Quite simply, blogs or similar websites that are not fully interactive and don't trust the readers to enter into a dialog are not of much interest to me, and my respect for the authors is diminished. I associate "one way" blogs with winger or right centerist wannabee "experts" and "authority figures" like Mark A. K. Kleiman who, in the words of the childhood taunt, can dish it out all right but are deficient in the "take it" department.