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@paulcarr I'm writing anon because I actually compete with these guys but am sympathetic because this affects me too.
Here's the ultimate irony: how much did Pando pay you for this treatise on writer exploitation?
The fact is that writing is changing. Publishers are less profitable, even while every business these days is becoming a publisher (blogs, twitter). New opps exist for second-class writers (non-professional hobbyists) to make a few bucks writing blog posts for Clorox. It's not primary income; these writers have day jobs. My business, like Scripted, helps talented writers earn extra cash by writing for businesses.
Meanwhile, Pando and HuffPo pay shit or worse. I only ask that you look at your own house before critiquing others.
2 years, 10 months ago on Let Us Now Appraise Scripped’s Exploitation of Desperate Writers
Saw this rant on AdAge too and as an entrepreneur in this space I'm really tired of the hyperbole.
What's wrong with some unknown amateur writers getting a chance to practice writing about entertainment? It's not rocket science, and it's not taking jobs away from real reporters. Relax.