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Farewell and Thanks to Ben Popken, Managing Editor of The Consumerist

I started reading The Consumerist about two years ago, and it has since become one of my "must-read" blogs every day. In fact, in December 2010 I named The Consumerist as one of my '10 Most-Watched' Legal Blogs in 2010.

A huge part of the success of The Consumerist was due to its managing editor, Ben Popken. Popken's byline seemed to regularly be at the top of many of the Consumerist articles that I found particularly interesting (like this, this, this or this, just to pick a few). Today, however, Popken announced that after six years at The Consumerist, he will be leaving the publication at the end of this week.

Popken added in his farewell post that:

Here's the part in these things where I'm supposed to tell you about the ground-exploding Web5.0 transdimensional hyperrealistic consumer empowerment matrix I'm starting. Except there isn't one. I'm working on a few different ways to exploit my brain for profit. In the meantime, please stay in touch. I'm writing at, making funny stuff at, and my personal landing page and catchall for my endeavors and adventures is

Popken's farewell post went online at 10:50 a.m. today and within one hour there were already 84 comments wishing him well and thanking him for his great work on the site. To that quickly growing list, I would like to add my own thanks to Popken for his terrific work on The Consumerist. Ben, good luck to you on whatever venture comes next!

Posted by Bruce Carton on November 18, 2011 at 02:36 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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