tedster - 2:34 am on Feb 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
@zerillos, eHow was acquired by Demand Media in 2006. As I see it, Demand Media IS one of the big targets - and safer to go after them than AOL. AOL's content strategies are also under criticism, but AOL clearly has a tight bond with Google, making it not as easy to call them out in a big way.
At the same time, AOL properties aren't dominating in the SERPs in such an obnoxious fashion, either.
There's a battle going on between two models. Vapid content created to generate ad impressions versus content that attracts visitors BECAUSE of its quality.
Online economics seems tilted toward the first model, and that should be a major concern. Something at the very base of things needs to change, or the world population will dumb down instead of being raised up.