This is rich. Having thoroughly pissed off her original serfs by cashing in on the content that the serfs built for free, Arianna Huffington is planning to bring in new serfs to provide free content for her newly AOL-acquired Huffnpuffpo.
Greg Sargent scores an interview with Arianna Huffington, who got $315 million in a sale of Huffington Post to AOL as well as complete control of AOL’s content. She has plans for that power, Sargent reports at the Washington Post. She hopes to turn AOL into a center of “citizen journalism” in advance of the 2012 elections:
“Arianna Huffington is planning to use AOL’s infrastructure to launch a major expansion of citizen journalism in advance of the 2012 presidential campaign, she tells me in an interview, sharing new details about her vision of expanded political coverage in the wake of the merger with AOL.
Huffington described her plan as “Jeffersonian,” and she says she plans to use AOL’s Web site Patch.com, a network of sites that cover local news at the granular level, as a vehicle for expansion modeled on HuffingtonPost’s 2008 “Off the Bus” coverage. “Off the Bus” made a splash when candidate Barack Obama was caught on tape suggesting that economically distressed voters are “bitter” and “cling to guns or religion,” and if Huffington has her way, she will oversee a massive increase in such coverage next year.”
Out with the old, in with the new. Presumably, none – or very, very few of the new serfs will actually get any compensation for the free content they provide. (Ask the old serfs how much they got for the work they put in making Arianna rich.)
If Blue Crab Boulevard was an actual money-making operation (trust me, it’s not and I have the bills to prove it), I’d be sharing what it brought in with my esteemed adjunct blogger, Rich Horton. I don’t do serfdom.
Arianna’s original serfs are NOT happy with her and her sell out. Methinks AOL has made a bad choice in acquisitions. On the other hand, there is a left-wing sucker born every minute. Just take a look at the “logic” they regularly use. For example: freedom of speech good / silence Fox News.
So it is likely that Arianna will get at least some slow learners to join her quest for her next big payday – at their expense.