Philadelphia Might Charge You $300 To Blog?

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Um, come again?

Comparing the move to an Orwellian plot, NBC reports that the city of Philadelphia is set to require bloggers to purchase something called a business privilege license. Not really making money from your blog? Doesn’t matter, says NBC, you still have to pay for the license.

You might be asking how this is possible. Well, according to the City Paper, if a blog is capable of selling ads (many are), it’s capable of making money. Which is enough for the city to justify calling a blog a business and requiring bloggers to have a license to operate their business.

You have to admit, it’s kind of a nice idea that Philadelphia city officials think blogging is anywhere in the realm of being profitable, whereas the term blogging was once synonymous with unemployed. But $300 is just bananas. What’s next? Cities charging to use sites like Craigslist or Facebook? (I shouldn’t even joke).