wheel - 7:08 pm on Jun 29, 2011 (gmt 0)
Actually, it's created a free market for writers. They're now getting paid, for the most part, what they're worth.
Just like programmers, and web designers and graphic artists and a slew of other professions (heck, even antique bookstores falls into this category) that were cloaked in mystery years ago, now it's an open market and these folks have to compete.
I remember paying a programmer in my dollars, $160/hour. that was a fair price at the time for expert level programming. Now I pay $30 for expert level programming and if I shopped it could probably get a tier below for a lot less than that.
Bookstores can't sell a book for $500 that I can buy on ebay for $50 - not anymore. They used to.
And writers can't call themselves writers and charge exhorbitant dollars just for the process of putting a pen to paper - not when there's hungry college graduates like the AOL guy willing to do it for $35K per year.
Actually, when it comes to writing, I think the market's tightened and seperated. If you're not on top of the game, you're fighing for a buck. But I know a number of professional writers that I probably don't want to afford even if I could. They write professionally in niches, know their subject, call sources, do research, and write engaging articles. These folks as far as I can tell are doing OK on the internet.