Content=journalism adulterated into mere commodity

Tim Rutten skewers AOL and the Huffington Post in today’s LA Times. The company and blog are a match made in journalism hell. Both have contributed to reducing online journalism to a slight commodity that exploits desperate journalists, many of whom lost their jobs – and benefits and pensions – in the traditional media. Here’s the conclusion Rutten draws:

The fact is that AOL and the Huffington Post simply recapitulate in the new media many of the worst abuses of the old economy’s industrial capitalism — the sweatshop, the speedup and piecework; huge profits for the owners; desperation, drudgery and exploitation for the workers. 

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm by editor · · Tagged with: ,

Leave a Reply