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Excerpt from article in "Weekly Variety" week of January 3rd, 2005.


Agog with blogs
Bloggers offer access, megaphones to the showbiz underclass
By JENNIFER NETHERBY

Showbiz is blogging itself silly about insider comings and goings.

The industry's underclass dishes everyone from Paris Hilton to Harvey Weinstein in a growing number of showbiz blogs. Unlike political blogs, which have broken big stories and sometimes changed the media's agenda -- most notably questioning Dan Rather and CBS News over Bush National Guard documents -- showbiz blogs haven't broken much news aside from Julia Roberts' pregnancy.

..."What's interesting about the Hollywood blogs is that their big impact may not be the way they impact 'Entertainment Tonight' or 'E! True Hollywood Story' covering something but they're carving out a new piece of real estate," says Robert Thompson, director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University.

The more salacious and abrasive blogs are, the more traffic they get.

...Script reader Tiffany Stone got lots of attention at her site tiffanyastone.com when she speculated that "Team America" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were gay.