"Hey Arianna, can you spare a dime?" That's what writers are saying to the editor of The Huffington Post after the sale of the massively popular online publication for $315 million to AOL. One group of free contributor has declared a strike against the publication. The Newspaper Guild has been running a campaign calling on Arianna Huffington to -- in their view -- live up to her progressive politics and pay writers fairly for their labour. But the Huffington Post has responded saying: "The vast majority of our bloggers understand the value of having a platform that reaches a very large audience."
What do you think? Is it a fair deal for writers or exploitative?
As a consumer of online news and views, do you feel the free-blogging business model affects the quality of the journalism you get?