So much for my efforts to blog regularly! Sorry for the radio silence, but I took a well-deserved vacation (well, I think so, anyway). Later this week, I’ll be back with a post about Google’s rising health care costs – it had to pay $500 million for selling ads to Canadian pharmacies. As promised, I’ll also show how the scallywags behind the Pirate Bay are more corrupt than any major label executive around. And, yes, I know that’s quite a claim!
In the meantime, I just had to comment on this post by Jeff Bercovici at Forbes, which reports that Arianna Huffington is now hiring teenagers to blog for HuffPost High School. First, I have to congratulate Bercovici for covering real news instead of Michael Arrington’s continuing temper-tantrum over the Silicon Valley Booster Club newsletter TechCrunch. (As even high-school bloggers know, Michael, you can’t sell something and still control it!) Second, I have to wonder if anyone at AOL thought this through. If the Huffington Post really counts as journalism – as Huffington keeps saying it does – who gets to edit all of the copy these students generate? Who is going to make sure they don’t libel anyone? And who keeps this from turning into http://www.lordoftheflies.com? Most important, though, why does Huffington get to keep claiming she’s a liberal? Last I heard, liberals favored worker protections like the minimum wage and child labor laws. If we are seeing Third World America, as Huffington claims in a book that was almost certainly written by an assistant, wouldn’t 13-year-olds working for a large corporation be one of the signs? Then again, maybe Huffington can teach her young workers to make money the old-fashioned way: Marry and then divorce it.