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During the Swedish general strike these workers who belonged to the unions and were operating the papers rebelled against printing lies against their fellow strikers. They sent an ultimatum to the newspaper managers: “Either you print the truth or you’ll print no papers at all.” The newspaper owners decided they would rather print no paper at all than tell the truth. Most of them would probably so decide in this country, too. The men went on strike and the paper came out a little bit of a sheet, two by four, until eventually they realized that the printers had them by the throat, that they could not print any papers without the printers. They sent for them to come back and told them, “So much of the paper will belong to the strikers and they can print what they please in it.”
– Sabotage: The Conscious Withdrawal of the Workers’ Industrial Efficiency by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, 1916
Assignment for readers: In the comments, compare and contrast the printers’ action in the context of 1916 with possibilities for workers achieving similar results in the context of mass media communications moving more and more to the internet in 2010.