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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

Here are some that have been missed

http://pulsemedia.org/
http://www.countercurrents.org/index.htm
http://www.tomdispatch.com/?month=2008-2
http://dissidentvoice.org/
http://www.counterpunch.org/
http://www.theoildrum.com/
http://www.juancole.com/
http://electronicintifada.net/
http://mondoweiss.net/
http://www.avnery-news.co.il/english/
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/index.php
http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/
http://www.digbysblog.blogspot.com/
and of course
http://antiwar.com/
and
http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/index.html

Anonymous

Here are some that have been missed

http://pulsemedia.org/
http://www.countercurrents.org/index.htm
http://www.tomdispatch.com/?month=2008-2
http://dissidentvoice.org/
http://www.counterpunch.org/
http://www.theoildrum.com/
http://www.juancole.com/
http://electronicintifada.net/
http://mondoweiss.net/
http://www.avnery-news.co.il/english/
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/index.php
http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/
http://www.digbysblog.blogspot.com/
and of course
http://antiwar.com/
and
http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/index.html

Anonymous

Another great alternative is The New Internationalist. They have been implementing the worker's co-op model for decades and have been a largely successful international media outlet. Based in England, they often report on the underrepresented of the world, touching on themes such as economy, environment, politics, and activism of all kinds.

http://www.newint.org

Anonymous

Another great alternative is The New Internationalist. They have been implementing the worker's co-op model for decades and have been a largely successful international media outlet. Based in England, they often report on the underrepresented of the world, touching on themes such as economy, environment, politics, and activism of all kinds.

http://www.newint.org

Micah White

#HUFFPUFF PHASE TWO

We've used social networks to do meme warfare against AOL-HuffPo, now it is time to expand the action offline.

We hereby designate the New York and DC offices of AOL/Huffington Post, a protest zone.

To join the action:

1) Make a #huffpuff sign
2) Check in at the protest any time of day by taking a picture of yourself with the sign outside of HuffPo's offices
3) Email it to micah (at) adbusters.org

We'll feature your action on our website.

The goal is to create a steady flow of walk by protesters who send a message to AOL/HuffPo that citizen journalism is not for sale.

NEW YORK OFFICES OF AOL/HUFFPO
560 Broadway # 308,
New York, NY

WASHINGTON, DC OFFICES OF AOL/HUFFPO
1704 R Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20009

Micah White

#HUFFPUFF PHASE TWO

We've used social networks to do meme warfare against AOL-HuffPo, now it is time to expand the action offline.

We hereby designate the New York and DC offices of AOL/Huffington Post, a protest zone.

To join the action:

1) Make a #huffpuff sign
2) Check in at the protest any time of day by taking a picture of yourself with the sign outside of HuffPo's offices
3) Email it to micah (at) adbusters.org

We'll feature your action on our website.

The goal is to create a steady flow of walk by protesters who send a message to AOL/HuffPo that citizen journalism is not for sale.

NEW YORK OFFICES OF AOL/HUFFPO
560 Broadway # 308,
New York, NY

WASHINGTON, DC OFFICES OF AOL/HUFFPO
1704 R Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20009

Anonymous

Al Jazeera as alternative, lefty, etc.,? Whilst I respect the right for twitters to suggest Al Jazeera on the list of alternative media resources to visit...I am baffled...Al Jazeera is as corporate, establishment and yellow journalistic as can be...it's owned by a non democratically elected royal family (Qatar)!

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