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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

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?

Anonymous

who decides whose field this is?
people finally went out and battle on THE field, giving different views and opinions, like two counterparts

they were not battling on other's field, they were writin on the internet, which is everybody's field

and finally got some recognition

and then one of their "generals" betrayed them

I'm tired to listen that if you fight for social issues you shall volunteer, it is not like that, we shall also make a living out of this, believe in this and fight for this!

the field is open, it is not "their field"!

Anonymous

who decides whose field this is?
people finally went out and battle on THE field, giving different views and opinions, like two counterparts

they were not battling on other's field, they were writin on the internet, which is everybody's field

and finally got some recognition

and then one of their "generals" betrayed them

I'm tired to listen that if you fight for social issues you shall volunteer, it is not like that, we shall also make a living out of this, believe in this and fight for this!

the field is open, it is not "their field"!

Anonymous

"the field is open, it is not "their field"!"

Really? Just exactly how much of the $315 million dollars did you get? The other 3,000 bloggers? And now, how about the owners of that field?

You are kidding yourself. Every cable TV news show you watch, every advertising subsidized web site you "do battle on," is just another commercial enterprise featuring YOU as the loser, and the owner as a wealth aggregator.

Oh - you're going to fight capitalism by drowning it in money. Ok, then. Now it all makes sense.

Anonymous

"the field is open, it is not "their field"!"

Really? Just exactly how much of the $315 million dollars did you get? The other 3,000 bloggers? And now, how about the owners of that field?

You are kidding yourself. Every cable TV news show you watch, every advertising subsidized web site you "do battle on," is just another commercial enterprise featuring YOU as the loser, and the owner as a wealth aggregator.

Oh - you're going to fight capitalism by drowning it in money. Ok, then. Now it all makes sense.

Anonymous

Here's a modest proposal - what is keeping us left leaners from making a Coop news service? Writers can be paid in a new form of Linden dollars - that must be redeemed in cash if the service is ever sold. What's a good name:
Field of Dreams and Progressive Positions News.
Not the New World Order News
You heard it here first - news
Post-Employment America News
Planet Earth Ship News

Anonymous

Here's a modest proposal - what is keeping us left leaners from making a Coop news service? Writers can be paid in a new form of Linden dollars - that must be redeemed in cash if the service is ever sold. What's a good name:
Field of Dreams and Progressive Positions News.
Not the New World Order News
You heard it here first - news
Post-Employment America News
Planet Earth Ship News

#huffpuff

List of alternatives to AOL's HuffPo:

http://adbusters.org/
http://truth-out.org
http://commondreams.org
http://cryptome.org/
http://indymedia.org
http://truthdig.org
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree
http://alternet.org
http://endmoney.info
http://globalresearch.ca
http://thiscantbehappening.net
http://anarchistnews.org
http://news.infoshop.org
http://www.rawstory.com/
http://narcosphere.narconews.com
http://www.thecommentfactory.com/
http://www.greanvillepost.com/
http://www.democracynow.org/
http://www.therealnews.com/
http://buildingapowerfulleft.org
http://www.zcommunications.org/zmag
http://counterfire.org/
http://english.aljazeera.net/
http://revista-amauta.org/
http://www.bellacaledonia.org.uk
http://www.opendemocracy.net/
http://www.scottishleftreview.org/li/
http://www.corbettreport.com/
http://mediamonarchy.blogspot.com/
http://importantmedia.org
http://www.UpsideDownWorld.org
http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/shortwave.shtml
http://veracitystew.com/
http://www.yesmagazine.org
http://www.indypressny.org
http://www.nacla.org
http://firedoglake.com/
http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/
http://www.businessethicsblog.com
http://www.thenation.com/blogs
http://www.transitionculture.org
http://www.opednews.com
http://www.feministpeacenetwork.org/
http://www.fsrn.org
http://www.filmsforaction.org
http://current.com/news/
http://thehawaiiindependent.com

What else?

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