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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

"If you want to realize yourselves all your pet illusions must be unmasked"

~Mina Loy

More Brain, Less Emotion. Think Critically & Read:

http://camqtly.oxfordjournals.org/content/36/2/189.full

Anonymous

"If you want to realize yourselves all your pet illusions must be unmasked"

~Mina Loy

More Brain, Less Emotion. Think Critically & Read:

http://camqtly.oxfordjournals.org/content/36/2/189.full

Anonymous

The HuffPo is just another tool to suck people into wasting their lives on politics American style - which is equivalent to blowing your life being a football fan.

What they want is your eyeballs gazing ads while you boil and fume over the latest Left v. Right, made-for-web Battle Royal.

The blogging, letter-writting, protesting, boycotting, fist-shaking, petition-signing, but all the time AD WATCHING, spectacle posing as political action is the perfect fulfilment of the latest corporate schema to co-opt life.

Internet TV is no different in the end than Old TV. A tool for every greedy Arianna that comes along to exploit the population.

Anonymous

The HuffPo is just another tool to suck people into wasting their lives on politics American style - which is equivalent to blowing your life being a football fan.

What they want is your eyeballs gazing ads while you boil and fume over the latest Left v. Right, made-for-web Battle Royal.

The blogging, letter-writting, protesting, boycotting, fist-shaking, petition-signing, but all the time AD WATCHING, spectacle posing as political action is the perfect fulfilment of the latest corporate schema to co-opt life.

Internet TV is no different in the end than Old TV. A tool for every greedy Arianna that comes along to exploit the population.

Anonymous

Why not celebrate the demise of a 'leftist' puplication? One less red hearing for Fox News to parade about in it's culture war.

But seriously, shouldn't we discourage media outlets from catering to an audiences' conformation bias? That's what magazines like Adbusters are for.

Anonymous

Why not celebrate the demise of a 'leftist' puplication? One less red hearing for Fox News to parade about in it's culture war.

But seriously, shouldn't we discourage media outlets from catering to an audiences' conformation bias? That's what magazines like Adbusters are for.

Anonymous

HuffPo was so Kardashian-stroking the last time I read it I cringed. AOL got a whole lotta a nuthin'.

The Comedy section had links to Real Time and to The Daily Show along with enough snark and sarcasm on both the blogs and the comments to make even Colbert cringe with pain.

HuffPo is PerezHilton.com with some breaking news, that's all.

Anonymous

HuffPo was so Kardashian-stroking the last time I read it I cringed. AOL got a whole lotta a nuthin'.

The Comedy section had links to Real Time and to The Daily Show along with enough snark and sarcasm on both the blogs and the comments to make even Colbert cringe with pain.

HuffPo is PerezHilton.com with some breaking news, that's all.

#huffpuff

http://alternet.org
http://commondreams.org
http://indymedia.org
http://truth-out.org
http://truthdig.org
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree
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.adbusters.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/

what else?

#huffpuff

http://alternet.org
http://commondreams.org
http://indymedia.org
http://truth-out.org
http://truthdig.org
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree
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.adbusters.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/

what else?

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