The Daily Dot: Interesting Idea, but Not a Great Metaphor

Does the Web really need a “hometown newspaper”? The founders of The Daily Dot think it does, so they went ahead and built one. The site, which has been in invitation-only testing for several months, launched Tuesday as an open beta. Editor-in-Chief Owen Thomas and Chief Executive Officer Nicholas White say they want to write about online communities like Reddit and YouTube as though they were real-world towns, with stories and personalities worth writing about. It’s an interesting concept, but how many of those stories will be of interest to anyone outside of those communities? And does the newspaper metaphor really make any sense for an online-publishing venture?

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