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:
- Democracy Now!
- The Guardian
- Al Jazeera
- The Raw Story
- The Nation
- In These Times
- Common Dreams
- The Real News
- The Comment Factory
- The Greanville Post
- Bella Caledonia (UK)
- Media Monarchy
- This Can't Be Happening
- Building a Powerful Left
- Anarchist News
- Infoshop News
- The End of Money
- Kick it Over
- Global Research
- Z Magazine
- Mother Jones
- Ode Magazine
- Films for Action
- Revista Amauta (Spanish)
- Media Channel
- Variant Magazine
- Mute Magazine
- International Network of Street Papers
- Information Clearing House
Tweet your HuffPo alternative with the #huffpuff tag or post your suggestion in the comments below.
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