During my research for the plight of the long term unemployed and the growing anger by ” the 99ers”, I have discovered a very interesting phenomenon— The blogging movement spearheaded and directed by freelance writers has picked up so much momentum that Associated Content articles are trumping the mainstream media in searches. That’s a really good thing for the people who wish to get their point out there.
In other words, writers such as Associated Content ‘s Nancy G, Jennifer Budd, and Rick Ellis ( see above links) reported on Tier 5 and helped publicize a potential boycott on news outlets such as MSNBC and a FACEBOOK movement to help support Tier 5 advocates.
These independent writers are filling a niche and helping under served populations find a way to communicate when the main stream press decides to ignore them. There are probally at least 20-30 writers on AC focusing right now on unemployment woes and it is beginning to bear fruit as people get a real idea of the scope of unemployment almost in real time from freelance writers around the country.
I myself have also dedicated a few articles on the unemployed and how they should be more proactive— as their numbers grow they will eventually be a force to be recognized— and the politicians will not be able to marginalize or demonize them for being unemployed.
I am very proud of the readers and other AC writers on this site who picked up on this problem and the close to two million people out there searching for information on how to get a job and rally for benefits while the market remains stalled. It seems that Associated Content may be the” go to” site for information on rallies, job tips and progress of bills in the Senate. And this is really due to the dedication of the people who fuel this site.
We can tell the truth here and discuss issues in open forums because guess what–we have total and complete freedom as opposed to other sites which are fueled by major network execs who can fire them.
No one can fire us and we can speak our mind.
Isn’t that what America is all about?
And of course it is the readers who really have the power here. Every click on an article is like another vote saying ” Look how popular this issue is.” Every comment is a way to speak up. In fact, what I do is email comments and articles to my least favorite politicians. They must really love that. I cut and paste Associated Content comments to let them know how much we care about issues.
it’s my way to saying ” Gotch ya!”
It;s nice to know we’ve got a good thing going here…so keep it up.
And because no one is breathing down my back I can praise anyone I want, even the audience and my fellow writers for telling it like it is. We will not be denied even as the mainstream press denies us our moment to speak.