The Huffington Post has a history of causing controversy by maneuvering to acquire free labor. Now, the news website is again raising eyebrows, this time for its use of a new type of employee to keep its blogs updated: Unpaid children.
The issue brought forth by this policy is whether blogging constitutes labor (which in this case would be unpaid child labor). On the one hand, the vast majorities of bloggers write on their own time, without receiving any form of compensation (not that we’re complaining). On the other hand, many bloggers invoke the rights and protections of professional journalists, and the Huffington Post is certain to do so if the legal rights of its bloggers were ever challenged. But the issue I want to discuss is not that of child labor. [Read more…] about Working-(For Free)-Class Americans