Have you taken a look at the pie chart we have on the main page? We’re not yet half-way where we need to be this month – and the month is nearly over.
It’s a downer.
Non-corporate/independent media may simply not be economically viable. Even when a site (like this one) develops an audience that’s comparable in size to that of a successful monthly magazine or medium-sized city’s daily newspaper, getting the readers to support the effort financially is extremely difficult, if not impossible – due to the fact that the “product” is freely available. MSM publications such as the New York Times have the same problem online – but they have their print versions to fall back on. This – plus the backing of the corporate cartels that own them – continues to pay the freight.
The long and short of it is that if independent journalists can’t pay their bills being independent journalists, most of them are going to be forced to do what they used to do, pre-Internet:
Give up being independent journalists.
Work for the MSM.
Which means, toeing the line. Stifling. Being careful not to offend. Pulling punches. Being a “good Republican.” A Glenn Beck – or Sean Hannity.
It doesn’t matter… so long as you’re a good authoritarian collectivist.
It is what it is.
There are a few who can afford to remain independent, irrespective of the cost of doing so – because they accumulated a nest egg sufficient to carry them. The rest of us face the Hobson’s Choice: Do the right thing, the thing we want to do. Or do the things we need to do, if we want to avoid poverty.
So, please: If you value independent media such as EPautos, please support independent media such as EPautos. If just a tenth of our regular readers sent us $10 a month (not even necessarily the same people; just a tenth of the total readership) it would not be necessary to make these appeals and we could focus on the important stuff… providing people with an alternative to the predictable-as-Pravda-during-the-Brezhnev-era stylings of the MSM.
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