Monday, August 06, 2007

Bloggers Of The World, Unite!

Here's another item for my Would Be Funnier If It Wasn't So Horrifying file.

Bloggers Consider Forming Labor Union
Organizers hope a bloggers' labor group will not only showcase the growing professionalism of the Web-based writers, but also the importance of their roles in candidates' campaigns. (emphasis added)
And I just had to say....OMGWTF?

I really am hoping this is some kind of joke. It certainly is a delusion. Bloggers want to form labor unions to get medical insurance and press credentials? Maybe "even set professional standards?"
"I think people have just gotten to the point where people outside the blogosphere understand the value of what it is that we do on the progressive side," said Susie Madrak, the author of Suburban Guerilla blog, who is active in the union campaign. "And I think they feel a little more entitled to ask for something now." (emphasis added)
I'm entitled to ask you where your freaking brain is. Ask for what? From whom?
"It would raise the professionalism," said Leslie Robinson, a writer at "Maybe we could get more jobs, bona fide jobs." (emphasis added)
You know what? Just go on ahead and get a job already! Please, I'm begging you!

Not only do some bloggers want to create a labor union (I'd think it would be more of a hobby union, but that's just me), the labor unions are already on the plan, trying to figure out how to increase their revenue by adding more dues-paying members:
"Bloggers are on our radar screen right now for approaching and recruiting into the union," said Gerry Colby, president of the National Writers Union, a local of the United Auto Workers. "We're trying to develop strategies to reach bloggers and encourage them to join." (emphasis added)
And here's this part:
Few bloggers are paid for their posts, and even fewer are able to make a living doing the work. But many say they often devote as much energy and time to their online musings as they do to their salaried careers. (emphasis added)
So what? If you don't get some value out of how you are choosing to spend your time, then I've got some good advice for you: stop doing it and do something else.

This part was just laugh-out-loud funny:

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 Web sites.

"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." (emphasis added)

Well, that certainly convinces me. To sum up, we bloggers are all
  1. just slaving away at these non-paying jobs, some of us putting in as many or more hours blogging than we do at our real jobs (if we have them)
  2. so now it's time for us to reap some reward (entitlement) in the form of medical insurance to pay for our blogging-induced health problems and
  3. also we have a wonderful opportunity to raise the "professionalism" bar (that is, block people with ideas we don't like from blogging at all) and
  4. even get some press credentials (and "advertising guidelines" and whatever the hell else) while we're at it, since what we're doing is so damn freaking important that we might even get a presidential candidate elected. Or not.
Wow. I'm cranky when I'm tired! Good night!


Anonymous said...

You're hilarious too when you're cranky.

Hey, how long before they make it illegal in some states to blog unless blogger is joined to the union? I bet California goes first.


Rational Jenn said...

Hi Marnee!

As far as being hilarious, I'll be sure to remind my husband of that next time he thinks I'm being too cranky! (But no, honey, I'm funny!) He likes the funny. :o)

You are so right about California, too. They WILL go first and they will be PROUD to blaze the trail into this new frontier of untapped union dues.

But, really, these people must be delusional. It truly boggles my mind. I try and try to think it through with some degree of seriousness, but it hurts my brains.

And the people quoted in the article who were "against" forming unions were so wussy they may as well not even have been interviewed. Blogging is "anarchistic" and a "weird idea" so of course that's why a labor union is a bad idea. Yeah, that's a great counterargument there.

Hmmm...think I'm starting to crank up again.

Thank you! Good night!

Marnee said...

Mah brains are hurtin', too.

Good points all around.