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Times: We Like the Boom, Congdon

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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VA-VA-BOOM Congdon

In today's New York Times, Virginia Heffernan looks at Amanda "Rocketboom" Congdon's first day at ABCNews.com. Heffernan, the paper's in-house Web media evangelist-cum-critic (she was an early lonelygirl15 obsessive), clearly has a soft spot for Congdon and her playful news blips as these key words in her review attest:

• comely

• "a droll, blond Rosalind Russell for the digital generation"

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• "ABC's groovy young girlfriend"

• "a decently far cry from Barbara Walters"

• "she's too cool for almost everything, and good for her"

• "smart and pretty at the same time"

Think we're cherry-picking? Check out these descriptions of Congdon from Heffernan's Screens blog:

• "sunkissed Internet star"

• "tennis-camp popular-girl equipoise"

• "it's pretty impressive"

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