Feb. 9, 2011 buzz: Killing journalism, killing foreign languages
The buzz for Feb. 9, 2011:
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In Wednesday's Opinion pages, Op-Ed columnist Tim Rutten skewers today's media-saturated environment. In "AOL ♥ HuffPo. The loser? Journalism," which is most viewed, most Tweeted and most shared on Facebook, he writes, "To grasp [the Huffington Post's] business model , you need to picture a galley rowed by slaves and commanded by pirates. Given the fact that its founder, [Arianna] Huffington, reportedly will walk away from this acquisition with a personal profit of as much as $100 million, it makes all the Post's raging against Wall Street plutocrats, crony capitalism and the Bush and Obama administrations' insensitivities to the middle class and the unemployed a bit much.”
He continues: “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. No child labor, yet, but if there were more page views in it…"
Elsewhere in our pages, the editorial board writes that "there's simply no need for a bill that would make English the official language of the U.S." in "English-only? Press 'no'." Just as any topic that hovers around the topic of immigration, this editorial has brought readers to our comments board like bees to a hive. We love it when they call us "La Raza Times."
-- Alexandra Le Tellier
Photo: The homepage of the Huffington Post on Monday. AOL agreed to buy the Huffington Post for $315 million as the Internet company spun off from Time Warner Inc. increases its investments in online content to help revive growth in advertising revenue. Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg