Paid Content, on the New Yorker's Auletta's take on AOL:
Auletta, who dismisses most of AOL’s content as “piffle,” says “quality is a problem for the entire AOL (NYSE: AOL) empire.”
And some piffle from the Huffington Post, which has elevated the SEO of inane comments to a science:
Piffle. Absolute piffle from the pifflingest of all British Rightwing, hate-mongering tabloids.
Now, AOL with more piffle, buying the Huffington Post (NY Times); quoting AOL's Tim Armstrong:
“I think this is going to be a situation where 1 plus 1 equals 11.”
Techcrunch understands, though:
The fact is, it’s almost impossible to find a single ‘content’ company on the web that maintains a horseshit:quality ratio better than 10:1.
As for content, you might better find it on the blogs than in 'content' companies, preferably blogs written by people who are not getting paid to write; e.g. the weblog "Piffle", written by someone who is a bit ambiguous about who they are writing to and what they are writing for, but still manages to keep it up for 4 years and 350 posts before giving up.