The Thankless Life of a Content Farmer, or How Getting Paid $3.50 Per Article Isn’t Even the Worst Part

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Jessanne Collins's essay about the summer she worked as a copy editor for Demand Media's content-farm-come-virtual-sweatshop so vividly evoked the administrative and linguistic mind-fuckery that goes into creating "articles" like "At-Home Treatments for Anal Warts" that it feels like we just took our head out of a vice. Surprise! Not only is pseudo-content from sites like Demand Media's eHow, Yahoo’s Associated Content, and AOL’s Seed useless to find in your search results, it's also soul-crushing to create. [Awl]