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On another front, is anyone beside me annoyed by the CONSTANT coverage of the Seychelles on eTN? Seems every time the prime minister sneezes, there's a story on eTN. Can you connect the dots? Call me cynical, paranoid, or just plain evil-minded, but one could, in a moment of unfettered imagination, suppose that the Seychelles is trying to grab market share from other tropical islands and has started a smearing campaign to make sure American tourists don't go to San Juan, and oh, by the way, here are 3,452 stories on the Seychelles in case you're considering another destination.
Now of course I'm not suggesting this is the case, I'm trying to be funny here. But still, WHAT THE HECK IS UP??
LA Times / Tim Rutten: Whatever the ultimate impact of Aol's $315 million acquisition of The Huffington Post on the new-media landscape, it's already clear that the merger will push more journalists more deeply into the tragically expanding low-wage sector of our increasingly brutal economy.
Slate: Making a living off the news is hard, and if Aol and The Huffington Post have figured out a way to fool search engines into pushing visitors their way, I salute them. But there's a long-term problem with their strategy: They won't be able to fool the computers forever.
HuffPost / Hilary Rosen: In all the media buzz about the Aol deal with The Huffington Post, one issue keeps coming up that makes no sense to me: Will Huffington Post bloggers still submit their work for free when HuffPost founders just made a lot of money on their investment?
Being a writer and the editor for my site, I've turned away much better writers because I can't pay them. And having written for HuffPo a few times for my day job, I stopped only after only a few times because I didn't make any money and found my work being treated as if it were merely "content" with ill timed postings.
For me, I'm willing to share content with another travel blogger -- where the benefits are mutual instead of trading "exposure" for free labor. And with the $1.39 a day adsense brings me, it's not like I could pay anyone much of anything.
Quite right, Allan. Unless I have the story wrong, A.H. retains her position as editor of the Huffington Post, so the message to me is that HuffPost is successful as is and AOL has no incentive to amend the business model.
I've canonize Samuel Johnson, who said, "No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money."