February 12, 2011

Huffpo Sells For 315 Million Bloggers Get F*cked

What else did you expect the bloggers to get? Seriously.

When The Huffington Post announced earlier this week that it was being acquired by AOL for $315 million in cash and stock, one group felt slighted: a set of unpaid bloggers for the site, identifying by the Twitter hashtag #huffpuff, which claims that The Huffington Post has “built a blog-empire on the backs of thousands of citizen journalists.”

Some analyses in the mainstream media have echoed these sentiments. “To grasp The Huffington Post’s business model,” wrote the Los Angeles Times’s Tim Rutten, “picture a galley rowed by slaves and commanded by pirates.”

I have enormous sympathy for anyone writing about public affairs, whether as a hobby or as a career. And I’d encourage people to think very carefully about where they are doing their writing, and what they are getting paid for it.

Despite all the accusations by sponsored blogs like say, Oliver "My Little Bitch" Willis, of Jawa Report bloggers being "fundies" guess what?

It looks for the most of us blogging will forever remain a hobby and as far as "fundie" is concerned. In the end we all work for the same people.

Google.

But hey, that will buy a large bag of dog food will it not? You'll be a big hit under the bridge with all the other homeless losers.

Surprisingly these dudes all have MIFI too.

Who knew?

By Howie at 08:22 PM | Comments |