Web’s most confusing post title?
Bill Keller Accuses Me of “Aggregating” an Idea He Had Actually “Aggregated” From Me
There is an ongoing battle between two media giants – NYT and HP – and Arianna voiced her side of the story on the front page of the Huff Po today.
Let me “Huff Posticize” what she said, here:
She starts by suggesting that the feud might be a result of the recent Huff Po/AOL merge creating a staggering number of page news that outnumber the Times’ current statistics (Jan 2011 point to 1.5 billion vs. 750 million).
The piece is covered with feisty remarks – such as Keller’s “patting himself on the back so hard I’d be surprised if he didn’t crack a rib”.
She attacks Keller’s description of the Huff Po as containing nothing more than “celebrity gossip, adorable kitten videos, posts from unpaid bloggers and news reports from other publications” – to which she replies that he must be looking at another site and not the Huff Po.
She claims they have “148 full-time editors, writers, and reporters engaged in the serious, old-fashioned work of traditional journalism” – a number which surprised me.
It goes on and on – with each part claiming that their thoughts and words were “aggregated” by the other – 15 minutes of 2 years later.
Frankly, I would have preferred to read a tweet.
I’m not going to go on Huff Posticizing, you can check out the original post here.
To resolve a qualm like this – what better than the facts? Someone please publish the ratio of original to “aggregated” content on Huff Po and please move on to focusing on journalism issues that really matter.