On strike for more paid members! Day two.
Our paid members helped us produce unique and important content this year.
Does anybody have a better name for this series? I’m not really on strike. But we’re in the attention economy and you’re still reading this, so I guess I’ll keep it?
8 people became sustaining members of The Holler yesterday and I’m pumped about it. It may not sound like much, but added together, you are funding working-class media that’s reaching millions of people each year. Thank you.
TL;DR - Get in loser! We’re building our own media!
About a highlight from this year
Our paid members make it possible to do some pretty cool stuff. Take, for example, this short interview and its 13-minute podcast counterpart.
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As far as I know, The Holler was the only media that talked to rail workers at this rally and released them in their own words. Not only was corporate media absent, their framing of the rail worker fight is hopelessly biased in favor of the government and railroad companies. Workers are framed as mouthy, thankless cogs who may do something as crazy and vile as screwing up our same-day shipping.
Politically savvy fancy people call media “the Fourth Estate” for its importance to a functioning democratic society. But this ain’t Mr. Smith’s Washington anymore. Jeff Bezos owns the Post. CNN, NBC, Fox - all of them are controlled mainly by billionaires or hedge funds.
This tiny rag, and thousands of others like it, are funded by you. It’s your media. And we speak up for the working class. Sometimes we’re the only media that shows up where workers are fighting for some dignity. That’s worth $5, right? Please subscribe now.
A palette cleanser
Look. Subscribe for $5 per month. It’s such a small amount of money. Every dime directly funds pro-working class media and messaging that’s reaching millions of people each year.
It will raise my estimation of you as a person. In the great ledger of karma in the sky, valuable points will be added to your good side. You’re going to want that the next time you miss a friend’s wedding for a music festival… or whatever you’re into.
Funding independent media just makes you a more attractive person. I know I’m kinda rambling right now to a nameless, faceless audience of thousands of people with whom I now share a parasocial relationship, but I digress.
Fund independent media. You’re the kind of person who does that. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here.