Huffington Gawker

Writing from an imaginary 2090, Simon Dumenco describes the future of media:

A lot of people seem to think that Huffington Gawker was a real person — like Johnny Walker or Betty Crocker. Actually, Huffington Gawker was born thanks to the efforts of two people: a Greek self-promoter named Arianna Huffington (the Betty Crocker of aggregation) and a half-Hungarian, half-British entrepreneur named Nick Denton (the Johnny Walker of blogging). Today, the Huffington Gawker (HuffGa), the merged company those two visionaries left behind, is the leader in the comment-aggregator media sector, which affords tens of millions of eager commenters the opportunity to comment on the aggregated commentary of other commenters.

I think that’s coming much faster than eighty years from now.  Both HuffPo and Gawker are already spawning imitators and the demand for both aggregation (to help cope with the growing flood of information) and venues for expressing one’s opinion is only growing.

via Romenesko

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Comments

  1. PdInFull says:

    Yes, those sound like the right blogs that will be allowed to spew the Dear Leader’s views on his subjects. Michelle Malkin’s site will have been closed down by then, after she and several similar bloggers that challenged people to think for themselves were sent to reeducation camps to live out their lives doing manual labor – most of it reworking Mount Rushmore to portray the original Dear Leader, Barack Obama, who led us to this state of enforced contentment.

    My God, that’s enough – I am making myself sick. I am glad I will not be around in 2090 to see how close I am to the truth.

  2. UlyssesUnbound says:

    Is that you under a new name, Triumph?

  3. Trumwill says:

    Hehe. Actually, when I read the excerpt I didn’t realize that we were talking about something that hadn’t happened yet. My thought was “Huffington and Gawker merged? I didn’t realize that” and chalked the rest up to blogospherical self-importance.

  4. An Interested Party says:

    Yes, those sound like the right blogs that will be allowed to spew the Dear Leader’s views on his subjects. Michelle Malkin’s site will have been closed down by then, after she and several similar bloggers that challenged people to think for themselves were sent to reeducation camps to live out their lives doing manual labor – most of it reworking Mount Rushmore to portray the original Dear Leader, Barack Obama, who led us to this state of enforced contentment.

    This kind of drivel sounded silly during the Bush years when it came from the left…it sounds equally stupid now when it comes from the right…