Wednesday, April 13, 2011

When bloggers attack

Tasini complained that "Huffington bloggers have essentially been turned into modern day slaves on Arianna Huffington's plantation" and said he was bringing the action because "people who create content ... have to be compensated" for their efforts.
No they have not; no they don't. Huffington Post bloggers submitted copy of their own choice. Privileged liberals who write for blogs are not in any sense equivalent to slaves. Slaves have no choices.

Just in case this distinction is not apparent, here, also from the Guardian, is a video about slaves from Nepal in the UAE. The people in this video do not have blogs.


Atlanta Roofing said...

Yes, I think under that circumstance the bloggers should definitely be paid for their work. As a writer I can identify with writing for free for publications that aren’t making any money yet in order to gain experience and exposure. But once a large compnay like AOL aquires the publication it’s like come on…you can pay them now. I think it is unfair that the owner reaps all of the benefits of the bloggers work. It’s selfish.

Boganette said...

The slave comment made me want to hurl. What a fucked up thing to say.