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Old 02-12-2011, 02:26 AM
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Default Re: Two Faces in the Crowd (Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus)

Originally Posted by stephanie View Post
It didn't justify it, because they were regular employees -- the contract was I pay, you work. Presumably the HuffPo deal is you write, I publish. They aren't regular employees, but probably contractors of some sort. It's also likely people who couldn't sell themselves as regular bloggers, because they are unknown, but want an opportunity to do what they otherwise would (for a personal blog, say) but where more people will see them and they might make a reputation that will lead to more opportunities. There's no exploitation that I see there; it's not like the labor examples at all. (And I note that the complaint seems to be less about their welfare than the competition for professional writers. That same complaint could be made against people having personal blogs -- after all, that there are excellent free blogs on lots of topics is making it harder for various print publications (and the people they employ). Maybe we should make it illegal for people to give away their labor for free, even if it's because they are doing something they love, as probably the HuffPo bloggers are.
I think people should be allowed to pay to give away their labor: No negative minimum wage.
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