Could you picture me in a Union?

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I hate being part of an echo chamber, but the idea of a blogging union is crap. This was the concept initiated by a small group of bloggers at the Yearly Kos convention, a remarkably mundane group of left leaning dependophiles that believe socialized anything is good for business. A bloggers union will never happen. There’s no way. No how. No can do. Putting bathcasting aside, and taking into account the overly verbose and way too “VC pitch” analytics of Jeremy’s post (Spot the CEO! :-) ), I can only say that it will never happen.

Forget logistics – anyone who really understands bloggers know that we are anti-establishment. We are not cohesive (though we are groupies!). We are independent and don’t like being told how or what to do or when to do it. We don’t like any kind of governance except self-governance.

Even Gawker who are admittedly left leaning dependophiles (my words) call this issue insane:

We are about as pro-union as possible (particularly in this day and age) and even we find this to be a remarkably stupid idea.

Bonus thoughts from Gawker:

Jesus Christ. LABOR UNIONS ARE TACTICAL ARRANGEMENTS TO DEAL WITH MANAGEMENT, YOU UNEMPLOYED SADSACKS.

So why are people treating this thing like it’s real or… gasp… that it’s needed.

And a more meaningful, and certainly more puzzling question – why the hell is ABC News giving the concept play?

Madrak hopes that regardless the form, the labor movement ultimately will help bloggers pay for medical bills. It’s important, she said, because some bloggers can spend hours a day tethered to computers as they update their websites.

“Blogging is very intense “” physically, mentally,” she said. “You’re constantly scanning for news. You’re constantly trying to come up with information that you think will mobilize your readers. In the meantime, you’re sitting at a computer and your ass is getting wider and your arm and neck and shoulder are wearing out because you’re constantly using a mouse.”

WHAT?! So, let me get this straight. Bloggers… of whom a very small minority make it their primary bread winning job… want a union so they can pay for health insurance because they are stressed from having to do… work? I don’t buy this line of thinking.

The REAL intention here is access. Being that this is a concept being floated, sold and promoted by left leaning political bloggers – of which are aligned with labor unions, generally – they are hoping for Access. It’s all about access. It’s about press credentials. It’s about being able to cast a buzz worthy labor endorsement for the Democratic candidate for President.

Politics aside, why should the blogosphere – most of which are NOT political, much less activist lefty bloggers – have to be “used” by a small minority for benefits that only suit that small minority. Better yet, why can’t those seeking access consistently write notable content that separates them from the pack and allows them access based on merit. You know – like the rest of us do without a helping hand?

Comments

  1. says

    I think it’s a great idea! I’ll start the first union. Anyone wanting to join, PayPal me $200 for the first year of membership.

    In return I’ll email your advertisers (ie the people that pay you) and demand healthcare and benefits. If they don’t, we’ll vote on a strike.

    If you get the benefits, all the more power to you. If you don’t, you’re on strike so you can’t post anyway. Either way, I, as a union organizer, don’t care about you because I get paid. Isn’t that how a union is supposed to work?

    Sean

  2. Mouse says

    “Better yet, why can’t those seeking access consistently write notable content that separates them from the pack and allows them access based on merit. You know – like the rest of us do without a helping hand?”

    Access based on merit? Like George W. Bush got? *snerk*

    Really, the dependophiles these days are mostly on the right.

  3. says

    The more global the industry the less chance of any union working. For anyone looking to outsource content creation on a blog there are numerous options outside of some over heated North American economy.