Vanity blogging

Blogfire of the Vanities: 
The NY Times  says  Arianna Huffington will move blogging to
the next level. She is “about to move blogging from the realm of the anonymous
individual to the realm of the celebrity collective.”

Right.  Arianna Huffington is going to move
blogging to the next level with about the same impact Anthony
Perkins had (hint: none) when he used the same language to launch his Always-on
network two years ago.

Huffington in today’s NY Times:

Having prominent people join the blogosphere, Ms. Huffington said in an
interview, “is an affirmation of its success and will only enrich and
strengthen its impact on the national conversation.”

Perkins in February, 2002:

“The bloggers have shown us the value of truly participatory media
sites, so we’re just going to bundle it up and polish it and
commercialize it.”

How many of those “celebrity bloggers” will stick with
Arianna after their first ridiculous post goes through some fact-checking fisking by a few dozen
bloggers who display what an idiot a “celebrity” can be.

I predict at first, posting on
Arianna’s group blog will be like painting a bullseye target on your
butt and saying, “kick me.” Then, after a few weeks when that gets old, it will be as exciting as, say, posting on Always-on.

Update: Dan Gillmor prefers to “wait and see.

Update II: Others comment on Huffington’s group blog:

Reihl
World View
: “It will take more than a headline or a byline to
convince me that many already on the list are prepared to do the work
and desire the interaction required to maintain anything resembling a
blog as we know it today.”

Legal
XXX
: “Arianna to Start Stupidity Clearinghouse”

Matt
Welch
:  “The pre-launch Huffington Post continues to be a rich
source for the kind of unintentional comedy I haven’t enjoyed since
watching the likes of Lou Dobbs, C. Everett Koop and Sydney Schanberg
go bonkers with dot-com greed back at the end of the last Internet
publishing boom.”

(via Doc Searls.)