In a surprise move that has the media world buzzing, AOL has agreed to buy The Huffington Post for $315 million. For those of you that follow Arianna Huffington in the media, AOL now owns a site run by one of America’s most outspoken liberals. The move also has implications for tech enthusiasts. Here’s a clip from CNN Money:
The companies said Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, will be named president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which will include all Huffington Post and AOL content.
Tech enthusiast sites like Engadget and TechCrunch fall under Huffington’s jurisdiction. That’s just…weird. In my head I see a sitcom where Huffington alternates between blasting her annoyingly shrilly voice at and showing an inappropriate amount of leg to TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington and Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky.
On a more serious note, it’s interesting that AOL has gone from Internet giant to Internet afterthought to Internet content king. I’m curious to see how it all plays out.