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Visual Arts Source Publisher Talks HuffPo Strike in the Guardian

While Visual Arts Source editor Bill Lasarow‘s call for a boycott of Huffington Post at the beginning of March may have been initially dismissed by Arianna Huffington, it has become a whole lot tougher to ignore now. Nearly a month later the boycott is still in effect, the 26,000 member Newspaper Guild has climbed aboard, and the strike is now generating international solidarity. Lasarow has taken his cause to the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper. His most recent piece for the paper discusses the recent revelation that AOL/HuffPo is figuring out a way to differentiate “bloggers” from “journalists” and pay them accordingly.

Says Lasarow:

This is a start, but not good enough – given that a large number of these “bloggers” are, in fact, professional journalists. If one part of the answer is to hire select individuals to an expanded paid staff, another part is to compensate many others who are effectively working freelance right now. There remains an equal need to distinguish between editorial content and press releases. And then, it is entirely possible that this is a response with no more purpose than to defang the Newspaper Guild, to negotiate without formally sitting down while preserving the plausible deniability that they have given in to any demands whatsoever.

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Huffpo ‘Strike’: The Update

We have to hand it to Bill Lasarow, it takes courage to call for a strike against an army of what are essentially scabs. Above is Lasarow being interviewed on the Alyona Show.

You can read his reasoning for the strike here. And read his piece in the Guardian here.

Someone’s got to cheer for the underdog.

Huffington to Bloggers: ‘Go Ahead, Go on Strike’

This seems like an oddly inelegant moment for Arianna Huffington. She’s usually more polished. And to talk to about her bloggers like that at the ironically titled PaidContent conference no less!?


TheWrap reports:

She argued that blogging on the Huffington Post is equivalent to going on Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart or the “Today” show to promote their ideas.

And, she said, there are plenty of people willing to take their place if they do.

“The idea of going on strike when no one really notices,” Huffington said. “Go ahead, go on strike.”

She’s probably right. No one will notice that all the indie voices have quietly gone away and what’s left are subsidized op-eds and dimwitted celebrities.

Note she says people will do it just for the exposure then claims no one will notice. It’s either one or the other. Or it’s just SEO (that’s Search Engine Optimization, for all you analog hangers-on).

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Visual Art Source Publisher Bill Lasarow Launches HuffPost Boycott

Bill Lasarow, publisher and co-editor of the LA-based website Visual Art Source, has declared himself and his website on strike against the Huffington Post. Lasarow says he was aware HuffPo did not pay for content when he accepted an offer to syndicate his site’s stories on HuffPo last year. But he’s fed up with that arrangement now.

While he doesn’t say so explicitly, we imagine Lasarow’s about-face may have something to do with knowing Arianna Huffington now has $315 million floating around in AOL-dollars. Lasarow says he won’t resume putting his stories on HuffPo until two demands have been met: “First, a pay schedule must be proposed and steps initiated to implement it for all contributing writers and bloggers. Second, paid promotional material must no longer be posted alongside editorial content; a press release or exhibition catalogue essay is fundamentally different from editorial content and must be either segregated and indicated as such, or not published at all.”

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