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im listening to the latest this american life episode, and it’s funny cause they have a story about how freelancers in the Philippines etc. write really localized stories for 35-40 cents a story and the reporters are r r shocked by this and I’m like. 

yup. 

them’s the shakes.

i mean its worse, pay-wise, a lot of times, for non-american writers but it’s still, that’s p standard for a lot of freelance mass editing/writing short article stories, at least at the cheapskate end of the spectrum.