Gawker sayz: green magazine PLENTY refuses to pay green.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 6, 2009
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Actually, Gawker says: “Hippie magazine flakes on Paying writers,” a typically brash, charming headline from the neo-journalists over at the powerful, popular Gawker. We still don’t get why the green, independent Plenty can’t just carry on with its great web site…which is at the time of this writing still live, and still (unlike the rest of the web) not acknowledging its own, sad demise.

On a more serious, and personal note, paying one’s debts has got to be basic to being able to sleep at night—to one’s existence as a decent human being. In the Buddhist tradition in which I was raised, it’s actually a tenet—it’s considered our duty as ‘warriors’ in the world to leave behind a better, more uplifted world than the one we found. That’s a pov common to most, if not all spiritual and religious traditions.

In elephant journal‘s recent transition from print to web, I’ve found ourselves owing our staff, our printers, even my house’s green painter, a friend of mine…and digging ourselves out, bit by painful bit. No matter how hard it is, it feels good to answer those collectors’ emails or phone calls instead of ignoring them…and to say look, I’m doing my best, I’ll pay you back as long as we can stay in business, and even then I’ll take personal responsibility.

It comes back to walking our talk. Green is, fundamentally, about walking our talk—so it’s hypocritical at best if we green-minded publishers can’t take responsibility for our business karma, in addition to our carbon karma.

So let’s hope and pray that time proves Gawker incorrect—and that Plenty will, if it must leave this green earth, do so in a clean, dignified, head-up manner.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Gawker sayz: green magazine PLENTY refuses to pay green.”

  1. karen says:

    Waylon Lewis..where is the Elephant Fan Page on Facebook – Please create it today..unless it exists, then point me to it ..I love all you’re articles..I want to post them all 🙂

    When can we chat????

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