In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining or even set professional standards.
How do you spell c-o-n-t-r-o-l?
And if I don’t toe the left-leaning line, will I get thrown out of the union? Are unionized bloggers going to form picket lines in front of scab bloggers’ homes? Will they make a movie where a Marlon Brando-lookalike will wail, “I could have been a
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.”
If you want medical insurance, talk to a lawyer, incorporate as a small business, talk to an insurance agent, and pay your own premiums, you wuss. If you’re not making enough money as a blogger to do this, get a job that does.
As for your widening a**, I have a cure for that, Ms Madrak: get up and go to the gym, walk around the block a few times, and Get.A.Life.
You can thank me later.
Update We had a good laugh over this in today’s pocast.