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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

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)!

Anonymous

I am not qualified to comment on Al Jazeera's Middle East coverage; however most of Al Jazeera's coverage of East Asia resembles that of the U.S. establishment media, with similar stereotypes; repetition of official narratives. I think they lack experts in some of the regions they cover.

What else?

http://www.guernicamag.com/ (politically engaged literature and arts journal)
http://www.organicconsumers.org
http://vcnv.org/ (Voices for Creative Nonviolence)
http://resurgence.org
http://transcend.org (Johann Galtung's peace news site)

(A few more from Asia-Pacific)

http://peacephilosophycentre.blogspot.com (articles, including translations of Japanese anti-war, peace-oriented news)

http://decolonizeguam.blogspot.com/
(managed by critical indigenous scholars in Guam)

http://www.yonip.com/ (Philippine Peace & Sovereignty website)

There are critical Black, African-American, regional (Appalachian) and indigenous sites too. I can't think of any extant critical Asian-American sites.

Anonymous

I am not qualified to comment on Al Jazeera's Middle East coverage; however most of Al Jazeera's coverage of East Asia resembles that of the U.S. establishment media, with similar stereotypes; repetition of official narratives. I think they lack experts in some of the regions they cover.

What else?

http://www.guernicamag.com/ (politically engaged literature and arts journal)
http://www.organicconsumers.org
http://vcnv.org/ (Voices for Creative Nonviolence)
http://resurgence.org
http://transcend.org (Johann Galtung's peace news site)

(A few more from Asia-Pacific)

http://peacephilosophycentre.blogspot.com (articles, including translations of Japanese anti-war, peace-oriented news)

http://decolonizeguam.blogspot.com/
(managed by critical indigenous scholars in Guam)

http://www.yonip.com/ (Philippine Peace & Sovereignty website)

There are critical Black, African-American, regional (Appalachian) and indigenous sites too. I can't think of any extant critical Asian-American sites.

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Anonymous

What did your contract say? What were the terms in case of a sale? Oh, you didn't have a contract? Do you own stock in Huff post? No?

She owns Huffington. You worked for free of your own free will.

As a fellow leftie and blogger I'd ask everyone who is so irate to use that energy to make a REAL difference. Write your legislators about upcoming bills. Get involved in protecting your local environment (not just the polar bears). Run for office. Start a new group to promote progressive women in politics. Do volunteer work at Habitat. Raise funds for the arts. Etc. etc.

(Oh, and the only reason I'm not posting under my own name is I don't want to set up an account.)

Anonymous

What did your contract say? What were the terms in case of a sale? Oh, you didn't have a contract? Do you own stock in Huff post? No?

She owns Huffington. You worked for free of your own free will.

As a fellow leftie and blogger I'd ask everyone who is so irate to use that energy to make a REAL difference. Write your legislators about upcoming bills. Get involved in protecting your local environment (not just the polar bears). Run for office. Start a new group to promote progressive women in politics. Do volunteer work at Habitat. Raise funds for the arts. Etc. etc.

(Oh, and the only reason I'm not posting under my own name is I don't want to set up an account.)

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