Can internet be free?

12 Feb

The recent news of Huffington Post selling off to AOL has been a surprise for many bloggers around the world, there is stiff resistance to this news by many bloggers who contribute for free to Huffington post.

let’s have a look at what and how Huffington post became famous. the company was run as a not for profit organization by socialite Arianna Huffington, who made a stong blog empire by content published by thousands of citizen journalists. Bloggers and journalist were instantly drawn to Huffington as it appeared as a new, clean and non-profit system built for sharing and viewing news as and when it happens. It was run for over six years as non-profit and by its sheer quality and volume of content, many bloggers continued to contribute.

Now with the sell-off news, many are turning to boycott and protests.The magazine AdBusters has called for a boycott of the Huffington Post:

“Socialite Arianna Huffington built a blog-empire on the backs of thousands of citizen journalists. She exploited our idealism and let us labor under the illusion that the Huffington Post was different, independent and leftist. Now she’s cashed in and three thousand indie bloggers find themselves working for a megacorp.”

Some agencies and bloggers have called it the problem of free internet, when a start-up builds enough hype around it and manages to scare the corporate giants; it is inevitable that the corporate giant thinks of wiping out the competition by integrating it with itself and controlling the outcome. Although this strategy has seldom worked as there will always be a new threat looming and building up to attract the lost followers.

From Al Giordano of the Field (who removed all of his content from the Huffington Post):

This saga is, sadly, not the first or last case of a blogger or online renegade that ended up becoming swallowed by the very same inhuman mass media conglomeration that it claimed it had set out to oppose. Good luck to Huffington and company, but they’ll have to cross back to the other side of the bridge without me.”

 Lets wait and watch how this story unfolds, as it keeps asking the same question again – Can internet be free?

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