19
Aug
09

more on why huffingtonpost sucks

top ten undiscovered cities for local food

That feature could have been really interesting, but ends up just being a mess. First of all, it’s almost completely devoid of content. This is what is written about Asheville, North Carolina, which is currently in “first place”:

“Dubbed the Foodtopian Society, Asheville boasts an incredible array of locavore cuisine at its 135 restaurants, 17 farmers markets, 7 microbreweries and 11 annual food festivals.”

This tells me nothing about the history or nature of cuisine in Asheville! Oh except this is the “green” section of Huffingtonpost, so I guess it’s “locavore” food! Seriously, all this feature is is photos of food from cities not normally known for their food, and then a bunch of web-2.0 bullshit. You can vote on which city is the best! Although how you could determine that, when you aren’t given anything more substantial than a photo, is beyond me. You can see which recent “HuffPost users” voted, but who gives a shit? You could connect the article to Facebook or Gmail! BUT WHO CARES?! Basically Huffingtonpost has taken some photos of food from seemingly random flickr accounts, slapped a bunch of their social networking nonsense over it, and called it a feature. It’s too bad, because I was actually really interested in finding out about unique regional American cuisine.

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