Out With The Old Serfs, In With The New

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.

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6 Responses to Out With The Old Serfs, In With The New

  1. feeblemind says:

    I wonder if a similar scenario could arise at heavily trafficked blogs on the right?

    I don’t believe anyone gets paid for submitting articles to American Thinker (I know for sure they weren’t paid in years past.), and I would be surprised if the guest authors at Hot Air receive remuneration but I don’t know that to be the case.

    Anyway, one wonders if the disgruntled inhabitants of HuffPo will actually leave or if they are just blowing off steam? Their comments were illuminating. They definitely have a Marxist flavor.

    Finally, I agree with with Gaius that HuffPo will find more authors willing to work for free. I just have less of a problem with it. After all, they are falling all over themselves to do it. No one is forcing them. It is an ego trip.

    It reminds me of a MASH episode years ago when Klinger started a camp newspaper. He had Hoolihan and Winchester contributing as columnists (for free) and they were buying a subsrciption as well.

  2. Sam L. says:

    Clearly, Jeffersonian. Jefferson owned slaves. May have fathered a child with one. Arianna doesn’t actually “own” them , but they’re still “pwned”.

  3. Maggie says:

    Mamma needs a new face-lift.

    BTW, nice catch, Sam L.

  4. feeblemind says:

    According to the NY Post, the market cap of AOL has dropped $315 million since Feb 1 when the deal was announced, exactly what they paid for the HuffPo.

    Ariana and her partner are believed to have walked with between 80 and 100 million on an intital investment of 2 million each. Is this a great country or what?

    OTOH the market is not pleased with the acquisition.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/aol_stock_sheds_huffpo_price_tag_el1sFNDBYfHoytknIKnOJL

  5. Gaius says:

    Wow, that’s a big hit. Hope they’re happy with their new property.

  6. feeblemind says:
    February 9, 2011 at 8:57 am

    … I would be surprised if the guest authors at Hot Air receive remuneration but I don’t know that to be the case.
    Almost all the ‘Greenroom’/guests at Hot Air have their own websites, so being featured on Hot Air gains them free advertising to the Hot Air audience for their own operation. In the case of “Doc Zero” (John Hayward) it led to a job as a staff writer at Human Events.

    For most of the thousands of HuffenPuffers supplying free content, appearing on that site–and the ridiculous badges they hand out for serial commenters–is their sole reward.

    Remember the woman who provided HuffPo with the Obama “bitter clingers” clip? It was, to this day, the biggest thing that ever originated from that website’s ‘On the Bus’ campaign coverage (which Arianna says she wants to use as a blueprint for AOL’s coverage of the coming 2012 campaign). Actually, it was probably the biggest story that ever originated at the Huffington Post, period.

    She asked if she could be put on the payroll, after showing she knew a real story and was willing to file the report, regardless of personal politics.

    Arianna’s people outright refused.

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