Monday, January 31, 2005

Somebody needs to change out the Fishbowl.

Hey kids. The DCeiver spent the tail end of last week and this entire weekend being super disgustingly and harrowingly sick out of our minds, with some horrible bacterial bronchial seven alarm fire in our chest that made moving from our favorite orange easy chair to the shitter an ordeal of asthma-gasping perplexity that I wouldn't wish it on anyone, especially the people who gave it to me in the first place.

So, it's been a rough handful of days for The DCeiver, cut off from the people he loves, lounging in his own sweat, and generally having his brain numbed by the seemingly diverse amount of crime procedurals that are on daytime television.

Now that we're back, however, and as long as we're on the subject of seeming diversity, it seems that while we were out, the people at MediaBistro let loose with a mighty wind and released FishbowlDC into the world.

This is obviously what came of the solicitation for a paid blogger that came through DCist some months back, but it's tough to see what purpose Fishbowl is supposed to serve. It's billed as a "gossip" blog, but a gossip blog that centers on media itself is like the serpent that eats its own tail using a powerful shrink ray to report live from his own duodenum. Mostly, the content isn't bad, but it feels like stuff Poynter should cover--or probably has already covered, and it's all overheated under microwave gloss to affect that Gawkeresque tone. It's supposed to be "irreverent", but mostly it's just lame. It's also sort of sad that visually, MediaBistro bit the steez of the usual suspects pretty hard.

Now, this whole enterprise has been billed by some as some sort of Blogtastic version of Kill Bill with founding Gawk Elizabeth Spiers dressed up all purty in the yellow tracksuit and looking to lay down the jujitsu on her former creation. But if that's the case, then the Bistro's million dollar baby's got no punch right out of the blocks. It's so unfortunate to have to read the labored sass and flopsweat that already permeates the whole site.

But that's what a fishbowl is, I guess. A dish full of dead things floating on the surface.

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