Le Huffington Post Quebec is launched
I heard Ms. Huffington on CBC defending her policy of not paying bloggers. She kept saying bloggers are making a personal statement of their own free will and since it’s voluntary and “fun” it won’t be paid for.
She doesn’t understand – or more likely she chooses not to accept – the distinction between people expressing fragments of personal ideas and experiences on social media, and someone who writes a blog about a topic, whether they’re expressing considered opinion, doing original research, or curating news (as this blog does).
Not saying this blog isn’t fun, but a blog like this is not chiefly for self-expression. She’s maintaining a purely self-serving position, but there’s no surprise there.