A reporter for a Big Newspaper called me today to ask about Arianna Huffington's soon-to-launch celebrity group-blog project (NY Times). As I said at the outset of the conversation, I'd prefer to wait to see it before deciding if it's good or bad.
At the very least, it's an interesting idea. I'm especially waiting to see if the contributors engage with the readers in a genuine conversation. If they do, I'll lead the cheers. If not, then the site will just be a scrolling op-ed page.
Nothing wrong with that. I'd certainly read it. But if that's all it becomes, then it's anything but a breakthrough in the arena I care most about: citizen journalism.