I cancelled my subscription to those idiots a few months ago over some retarded issue they put together--I don't even remember what it was about, to tell you the truth, but I've certainly haven't missed the nauseating feeling I got when I saw it in my mailbox every week. If I hadn't already cancelled it, I certainly would have after the latest issue, which apparently consisted of a "reporter" named John Cloud giving Ann Coulter the deepest of Santorum-laced rim jobs. (I especially liked the way the Rude Pundit described the article.)
The left-blogosphere has been alive with outrage. Thinkprogress, MediaMatters, Michael from Here's What's Left and many others have covered the factual errors in the article, but this letter from Altercation suggests further action:
look at CJR's complete list of AOL Time Warner properties. Then follow the same routine: Cancel any subscriptions you may have, and follow it with a letter explaining why.The only one that stings is Cartoon Network, and only because I'm a huge fan of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The rest of it--meh. I won't miss any of it.
Start with Time Warner Cable; Replace it with Dish or Direct TV (more channels for less money hardly seems like a bad deal).
On to AOL: Same routine: Cancel AOL, send a letter. From personal experience, I can tell you that when you call to cancel, they throw you into a "customer retention specialist" -- tell that person EXACTLY why you are canceling also. INSIST on an immediate cancellation, and threaten an FCC letter if they refuse to do so immediately (they will pull the used car salesman routine, and attempt to keep you on the phone for a while). Demand a fax number and follow up with a fax cancellation.
Do the same if you are one of the 47 people left in the nation who still uses Compuserve (another fabulous acquisition by AOL/Time Warner).
On to the dead tree magazines: Cancel any and all of the following: In addition to Time, they also publish: Fortune, All You, Business 2.0, Life, Sports Illustrated, Sports, Money, Your Company, Your Future, People, Entertainment Weekly, The Ticket, In Style, Southern Living, Progressive Farmer, Southern Accents, Cooking Light, The Parent Group, Parenting, Baby Talk, Baby on the Way, This Old House, Sunset, Sunset Garden Guide, The Health Publishing Group, Health, Hippocrates, Coastal Living, Weight Watchers, Real Simple, Asiaweek, President (Japanese business monthly), Dancyu (Japanese cooking), Wallpaper (U.K.), Field & Stream, Freeze, Golf Magazine, Outdoor Life, Popular Science, Salt Water Sportsman, Ski, Skiing Magazine, Skiing Trade News, SNAP, Snowboard Life, Ride BMX, Today's Homeowner, TransWorld Skateboarding, TransWorld Snowboarding, Verge, Yachting Magazine, Warp, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Your Company, Departures, SkyGuide, DC Comics, Vertigo, Paradox, Milestone, Mad Magazine.
Cancel 'em all, then let them know why.
Time Warner also owns MapQuest -- which is an inferior product to Google Maps. That's a real easy cancellation --just lose the bookmark. They own the Atlanta Braves -- so if you are an Atlanta local, don't buy any tickets to home games.
If you are a Nielsen family, do not watch the following channels: TBS Superstation, Turner Network Television (TNT), Turner South, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies.
One more thing--that sure is a shitty list of magazines to be running. I had no idea that Time Warner was so pathetic in their choices of whom to publish. For the record, I have 5 subscriptions to print magazines--Playboy, Wired, National Geographic, The Missouri Review, American Photographer. I'll be subscribing to Poetry as soon as I get settled in Florida.