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Huff & Puff It Down

Arianna used us to launch her site and now she sells us out.

Socialite Arianna Huffington built a blog-empire on the backs of thousands of citizen journalists. She exploited our idealism and let us labor under the illusion that the Huffington Post was different, independent and leftist. Now she's cashed in and three thousand indie bloggers find themselves working for a megacorp.

But the Huffington Post is not Arianna's to sell. It is ours: the lefty writers and readers, environmentalism activists and anti-corporate organizers who flooded the site with 25 million visits a month. So we're going to take it back.

We'll stop going to her site. And we'll stop blogging for her too. Then we'll give birth to an alternative to AOL's HuffPo by using the #huffpuff hash tag to tell the world about our favorite counter-culture websites and indie blogs.

We are the ones who built the Huffington Post. And now we will be the ones who will huff & puff it down.

Updated | Feb. 10 – 4:00 p.m.

#HUFFPUFF has touched a nerve. Now, a firestorm is developing as writers, readers and publishers of indie media are rallying to huff and puff Arianna's AOL merger into the ground.

Media activists, this is our chance to strike a blow against the corporate media and simultaneously energize the indie blogosphere … a step towards a world where the news that animates our political and activist lives is not controlled by those who pander to advertisers and the bottom line. With continued pressure, we can topple AOL-HuffPo and fertilize a healthy media ecology.

So let's keep blowing harder and harder!

  • If you are a writer, take your content off the Huffington Post (like Al Giordano of @Narco_News did)
  • If you are a HuffPo reader, unsubscribe/uninstall the app/delete your bookmark to the Huffington Post (like @jaberard, @RavenWytch, and @drlawler)
  • Everyone, keep telling the world about your favorite alternative indie sites using the #huffpuff tag (see the list of alternatives nominated thus far below)

There is power in concerted effort, so let's keep huff'n & puff'n and huff'n & puff'n until we've blown AOL/HuffPost's house down!

Here is a list of alternative media sources our readers have suggested via twitter and on our blog:

Tweet your HuffPo alternative with the #huffpuff tag or post your suggestion in the comments below.

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Anonymous

Go in the kitchen and make a beautiful ham sandwich. Put it in a brown paper bag. Take it to wherever the homeless people in your town are found. Find someone who looks hungry and give them the sandwich.

You have now done more good for humankind than all the stupid Tweets and blog posts you have ever made on "HuffPo" making some Capitalist whores filthy rich.

Can you not see that YOU are the resource to be exploited by what you are calling "media", but which is no different than a plantation?

Anonymous

Go in the kitchen and make a beautiful ham sandwich. Put it in a brown paper bag. Take it to wherever the homeless people in your town are found. Find someone who looks hungry and give them the sandwich.

You have now done more good for humankind than all the stupid Tweets and blog posts you have ever made on "HuffPo" making some Capitalist whores filthy rich.

Can you not see that YOU are the resource to be exploited by what you are calling "media", but which is no different than a plantation?

Anonymous

you're right, I guess, but these people thought they finally found a real alternative to what they were fed on the internet all the time. they built a real, massive, alternative.
and I think now it's perfectly understandable they're disappointed and offended, don't you?

why shall "alternative" remain a private's right and not try to develop into a meaningful medium?
shall we always just express ourselves in low voices (or just in our friend's company)?
Why?

Anonymous

you're right, I guess, but these people thought they finally found a real alternative to what they were fed on the internet all the time. they built a real, massive, alternative.
and I think now it's perfectly understandable they're disappointed and offended, don't you?

why shall "alternative" remain a private's right and not try to develop into a meaningful medium?
shall we always just express ourselves in low voices (or just in our friend's company)?
Why?

Anonymous

When you play on their field, you will play by their rules. How often do people need to be fooled? Clinton-->Gore's Global Warming Enterprise--->Obama's abuse of the naive---->Arianna's unabashed media business with free labor!

Why are self-declared leftists so blinded by these major capitalist enterprises? Why would you expect early AOL, Microsoft, Apple or Google or Facebook or HuffPo to be anything other than wealth concentrators? What is the analysis people are using here? Why is no one learning from this?

Just look at this one aspect of HuffPo: They were the planet's most aggressive promoter of Sarah Palin! (all exposure is good exposure in the world of PR). Did you ever stop to wonder why that could be so?

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