AOL Hell: An AOL content slave speaks out

July 09, 2011

I was given eight to ten article assignments a night, writing about television shows that I had never seen before. AOL would send me short video clips, ranging from one-to-two minutes in length -- clips from "Law & Order," "Family Guy," "Dancing With the Stars," the Grammys, and so on and so forth... My job was then to write about them. But really, my job was to lie. My job was to write about random, out-of-context video clips, while pretending to the reader that I had watched the actual show in question. AOL knew I hadn't watched the show. The rate at which they would send me clips and then expect articles about them made it impossible to watch all the shows -- or to watch any of them, really.

You couldn't pay me…

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