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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

For news on the Asia-Pacific - where the U.S. is engaged in attempting to push through the biggest military buildup (construction of mega-bases) in U.S. history, against the wishes of the Okinawan people, the indigenous Chamorro of Guam and people of Diego Garcia, many South Korean and Japanese:

DMZ Hawai'i: http://www.dmzhawaii.org/

The Asia-Pacific Journal: japanfocus.org

Foreign Policy in Focus: fpif.org, published by The Institute for Policy Studies

Just Foreign Policy: justforeignpolicy.org

Minagahet Chamorrow: http://minagahet.blogspot.com/

Kyoto Journal: kyotojournal.org

Ten Thousand Things: tenthousandthingsfromkyoto.blogspot.com

No Base Stories from Korea: http://nobasestorieskorea.blogspot.com/

Anonymous

For news on the Asia-Pacific - where the U.S. is engaged in attempting to push through the biggest military buildup (construction of mega-bases) in U.S. history, against the wishes of the Okinawan people, the indigenous Chamorro of Guam and people of Diego Garcia, many South Korean and Japanese:

DMZ Hawai'i: http://www.dmzhawaii.org/

The Asia-Pacific Journal: japanfocus.org

Foreign Policy in Focus: fpif.org, published by The Institute for Policy Studies

Just Foreign Policy: justforeignpolicy.org

Minagahet Chamorrow: http://minagahet.blogspot.com/

Kyoto Journal: kyotojournal.org

Ten Thousand Things: tenthousandthingsfromkyoto.blogspot.com

No Base Stories from Korea: http://nobasestorieskorea.blogspot.com/

Anonymous

I got out of HuffPost on the very day they announced the merger. Surprised it has taken other so long to wake up. There are many other good blog sites out there - we don't need AOL.

Anonymous

I got out of HuffPost on the very day they announced the merger. Surprised it has taken other so long to wake up. There are many other good blog sites out there - we don't need AOL.

RumiSouth

I stopped blogging for Arianna once I realized posts were getting picked for a certain editorial bent while well-written posts with original research were disappearing. I hid my comment profile after I saw the photograph of her sharing armpit cooties with Newt Gingrich. And now I am banishing HuffPo from my blog links wherever possible. I choose not to delete old posts but I will never post again, and to date remain the only pseudonymous blogger in the comments. Soon I will stop even leaving comments.

http://www.osborneink.com

I'm in a collective with several awesome indie bloggers now.

RumiSouth

I stopped blogging for Arianna once I realized posts were getting picked for a certain editorial bent while well-written posts with original research were disappearing. I hid my comment profile after I saw the photograph of her sharing armpit cooties with Newt Gingrich. And now I am banishing HuffPo from my blog links wherever possible. I choose not to delete old posts but I will never post again, and to date remain the only pseudonymous blogger in the comments. Soon I will stop even leaving comments.

http://www.osborneink.com

I'm in a collective with several awesome indie bloggers now.

Anonymous

Yes Huffpo started down the loo when they censored well documented critical analysis of U.S foreign policy viz a viz the Middle East particularly Palestine/"Israel."
It didn't start that way but around 2007 It was pretty obvious they had the same "special-interests" monitoring the podium as the other u.s media outlets and failed as a source of honest new, open discussion, dialogue, etc.
They pretty much became a tabloid rag a long time ago.
Good for the average u.s sheep stuck wasting time gossiping in a cubicle but useless beyond that.

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