More Union/Lefty Stupidity

According to the Daily Caller, some of the unpaid Huffington Post contributors and the national Newspaper Guild have called a “strike” asking contributors to cease contributions and asking Guild members to help by “shining a light on the unprofessional and unethical practices of this company.”  By “unprofessional and unethical,” I assume they mean profiting from the unpaid labor of contributors.

I can’t get too agitated about the whole deal, since HuffPo has a business model that HuffPo would rail against if WalMart or the Koch brothers tried it.  But this is just too stupid to pass up.

There’s no freaking surprise.  HuffPo contributors volunteer their contributions with full knowledge that they aren’t getting paid for them, just as I do here.  They get more readers than I do, but unlike me, they don’t control their venue.  That’s the deal they make. 

If they don’t like it, they can just start up a free blog.   All in, this site has probably cost me $20, and that was because I wanted to secure the name instead of using  With a few more bucks or a few hours investment, I could probably come up with a better template and/or host, but I’m too damn lazy.

Here’s the deal, HuffPo contributors.  The Huffington Post created an audience.  You want access to that audience, whether to advance some sort of career, vanity, or some other personal purpose.  Therefore, you contribute content.  Huffington & Co. sell that content for money.  They get paid; you get whatever benefit you were seeking when you contributed. 

That’s how markets work — one party has something to exchange (a venue and a large audience) that is of equal value to what another brings to the table (a writing of some sort).  Live with it, or start your own damn blog. 


Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 10:41 am  Leave a Comment  

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