Dateline Hootersville, Dahling: Lisa’s Blog
I was scanning the AM radio the other day and heard what I thought was Lisa Douglas, of Green Acres fame, talking about a blog she was launching with the help of some of her Hollywood friends. After a few moments, waiting to hear how Lisa lined up so many luminaries to address such topics as "life in Hootersville," "cosmeteticals" and "hotscakes," the host of the AM radio show broke in to give out the URL to Arianna Huffington's new blog, Arianna Online! Boy, did I feel like a dope. I could have sworn it was Eva Gabor in character as Lisa. Well, I went on to listen to Arianna bubbling on about her vision for a progressive blog to rival Drudge (which I never thought of as a blog), featuring Walter Cronkite, Warren Beatty, Gwyneth Paltrow and other policy experts. I have visited her blog a couple of times now... It is nicely laid out, but as far as I can see, it is a collection of her old columns... perhaps the other voices are buried somewhere, but I can't find them for the life of me. Arianna Online has been roundly panned and I am left to wonder who concocted the idea of putting Arianna, Walter Cronkite or Gary Hart forward as the "new face" of progressive populism. I'm guessing it was the same saavy political strategist who came up with the idea of "getting out the youth vote" in 2004 by touring John Kerry around the country with the "big-hair 80's" crooner Bon Jovi and fellow Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen; hardly the kind of guys to appeal to twenty-something voters listening to drum-n-bass, hard trance, hip-hop or even the Killers. Well, we'll have to see how it pans out. For now, I'll spend my time reading Sadico Junction for society and women's issues, culturezoo for (what else) opinions on culture, average joe for business news and, of course, NC Media Watch for Russ' wonderful in-depth examination of local politics.