Arianna Huffington Schedules World Media Domination Appointment

Could it be Drive ‘Ole Dixie Down, Part Deux? Arianna Huffington has moved on Chicago’s local readership. If that is the case, you can bet she’s got Atlanta in her scope too. If so, all local bloggers, citizen journalists, small publishers and small papers, indie and alt media of any kind, will be swallowed-up whole. And your best sources of user-generated (free) content will be the first to go over to the Huff Side. Let alone your best writers. From media consultant John Wilper’s blog:

It’s scary, or it damn well should be. Unlike Craig’s List, she’s telling us in advance that she’s coming (to Chicago), how and when (not where yet, but I wouldn’t wait to find out!).

With her clout and visibility, she may succeed at the aggregation game where others have failed or are struggling. She plans to grab YOUR content and the best local bloggers and citizen journalists — something we should have done long ago. (It’s not too late, but it’s ALMOST too late.)

And she won’t be blowing large amounts of investor money, either. One editor. One reporter. That’s it.

But add all the current and future local bloggers who will be attracted by the opportunity to have the address of: “HuffingtonPost/my name,” and she’ll have critical mass in one hell of a hurry. And those people will be buzzing about HuffPost’s local site rather than your newspaper and its website.

Full blog post here. What are you going to do to keep YOUR Georgia-based eyeballs off the Huffington New Media Plantation? Better come up with some kinda plan. Quick. Aggregate something! Anything! In other words, have you hugged a blogger real nice-like today? Gawd, I can’t wait to see the Huffster put a serious audience hurtin’ on Cox Plantation here. Now that’s my idea of new media spectator sport.

Anyone think I’m messing around… just keep saying those two words that have fatally stricken the most powerful publishers on the planet – Craig’s List. Craig’s List. Craig’s List.

14 comments

  1. Bill Simon says:

    Booooring post title.

    This would have been a much more interesting post to read had you titled it “Arianna Huffington Schedules Domination Appointment” and then explained the rest.

  2. Randy Lewis says:

    HA! She’s just another liberal with with severe narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). They’re like gnats in South Georgia.

    NPD is characterized by a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

    1. has a grandiose sense of self-importance
    2. is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
    3. believes that he or she is “special” and unique
    4. requires excessive admiration
    5. has a sense of entitlement
    6. is interpersonally exploitative
    7. lacks empathy
    8. is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her
    9. shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

    I would say that by this professional criteria Aranna Huffington is a certain NPD candidate — eh, wait a minute—so is every blogger I know!

  3. SpaceyG says:

    Yep, we sure fit that bill! It’s just that Arianna gets on TV too. Every freakin’ day. We can only aspire to such heights of media elitism. And oh yeah, she’s a hell of a lot richer. And lives in L.A. And has a really great hair stylist. Everyone needs a role model.

  4. Game Fan says:

    Jeez
    If she goes over to the dark side then what? And since when were Dems into corporate consolidation? Will this effect the content?

  5. Icarus says:

    Was at dinner at a friend of mine’s house tonight. He and some of his associates are putting together a new blog,

    http://www.splitnation.com

    The idea is to create a news portal with blog capabilities to bring together from all sides of the political spectrum. Spacey and Erick, help the boys out where you can, they’re good folks.

  6. Icarus says:

    Should also point out that in addition to PeachPundit, did spend a bit of time showing them the efforts of the all-time blog master, Jason Pye.

  7. Game Fan says:

    One great way the Newspapers conglomerates have to force declining readership might be to dull down the content with anal editors and lackluster columnists who never piss off their corporate sponsors. There’s plenty of great columnists out there including this guy, even if you disagree on some topics. I haven’t checked but I don’t think he’s in the AJC.
    http://www.ronpaullibrary.org/
    And then of course the REMAINING small newspapers are “saved” by other large corporations in an even more brazen show of force and “top down” corporate agenda building at the expense of real journalism and readership.

    Toll Road Giant Buys Newspapers to Silence Critics
    Critics charge that the Macquarie purchase of American Consolidated Media is designed to silence critics of a Texas toll road project.
    http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/15/1570.asp

  8. Game Fan says:

    So is the “Huffster” out to capture local markets or is she gonna “open it up”? If she’s doing the latter than this guy here would make a great contribution as it relates to Chicago politics. Of course if you’re critical of Obama or McCain you’re also going against their “corporate sponsors”.
    http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2008/06/02/donald-young-murder-larry-sinclair-chicago-police-investigation-young-family-obama-and-jeremiah-wright-involved/

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