In the news today is . . . NEWS!
Multimillionaire Media Maven Arianna's "Huffington Post" is now a cool three-hundred and fifteen million dollars richer!
This journalista's jackpot is all thanks to the advent of . . . "Aggregation," or, "look, here's some stuff I found on the web!"
Why pay for journalists to work when the work of journalists can pay you!
If only they would've thought of this sooner!
Aggregopolis was a success! As aggregation was the new key to big bucks!
Merger upon merger and links upon links until new aggregators began to aggregate aggregators!
Website A used content from site B in exchange for B getting eyeballs from A.
Soon B realized it could do the same thing and gathered from site C!
But C was no dummy, and soon A through Z all did the same thing, as aggregation abounded, links were linked, and exposure exposed!
Until one day, little Tommy was at school researching a report on "Journalism and Democracy."
Tommy turned to the web, clicked, and found . . .
An aggregate of links linking to nothing but aggregators' links of each other's aggregated links!
Good night, Little Timmy, and . . .
[now a few characters for you to choose from]
Arianna: Fabulous, dahrling.
Ernie Pyle: Ernie Pyle here, reporting from . . . my study, where I just discovered some neat links on the war and did a bang-up job of Search Engine Optimization!
Robert Capa: And I just snapped some Jim Dandy screen-shots of this AP photo collection of war-torn Europe!
News kid: Extra! Extra! Give us your work for free and we'll make millions! Blog all about it!