Everyone reveres the Mining Company -- the great
internet start-up that bottled SlashDot's formula and sold it
wholesale. But things are not always what they seem. New evidence
suggests The Mining Company is an evil scam, like sixdegrees.com
and the Free Masons.
The Mining Company posted an ad to the List
Foundation offering to let aspiring writers "break into" web
writing! "Unfortunately, we cannot pay for the articles," their
explains, "but you will get a byline, bio, and (almost) total
What is this bullshit? You write their web content
for free, and they give you....nothing?
Oh, I'm sorry -- you get a by-line and a bio,
too. Whoopee! Don't spend it all in one place! Savor that warm
glow from your by-line while you shiver unfed in a South of
flophouse. And when you're out on the streets, be sure to say hi
to the bums. They're probably writing for MiningCo.com
Attention aspiring writers: Why write for those
pussies at MiningCo.com? If you're not going to make any money,
you should at least be having some fun! Take your personal essays
and your restaurant/club reviews and stick them up your ass. Then
compose scatological rants, geeky satirical dialogues, and
disturbing blurbs about weird news of the world -- and send them
to Pigdog! Who knows? Maybe we'll proclaim you the winner in a
yet-to-be-announced William Burroughs sound-alike
contest. (Really! Send something that actually sounds like
Burroughs, and we'll proclaim you the winner!)
Unfortunately, WE can't pay for the articles EITHER!
But you'll get a byline in pretty blue letters, linked to your
name! And how cool is THAT?!