At AOL and HuffPost, it's all about quality

Arianna, Tim Armstrong teach middle-school journalism class!

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I know this has nothing to do with tech business per se, but the screenshot below from Friday's Huffington Post says it all about where the AOLs of the world want to lead us.

(Also see: AOL-HuffPost: Marriage made in content farm/tabloid hell)

AOL, as you probably know, recently purchased Arianna Huffington's online tabloid because of CEO Tim Armstrong's fierce commitment to do whatever it takes, no matter how pathetic or pandering, to get page views quality journalism, even if it means laying off a bunch of, what do you call them, journalists.

And for those who are unfamiliar with HuffPost, the item about celebrity pet custody battles is entirely typical of the content posted on the site every single day. So I'm not singling out some aberration here. Trashy celebrity coverage is the site's bread-and-butter.

I just wonder how long it will be before Arianna hires one of the celebrity-owned dogs to do a regular (unpaid) column for her. It'd be a great opportunity for the right canine, especially if the pooch had naked pictures of its owner.

Chris Nerney writes about the business side of technology market strategies and trends, legal issues, leadership changes, mergers, venture capital, IPOs and technology stocks. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisNerney.

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