I just wanted to take a brief moment and note that OTLSS has reached a page view count with a lot of zeroes in it, and as such wanted to congratulate everyone on this particular milestone.
The Scamblog movement has been a slow, steady climb from outright dismissal to passing consideration to (mostly) grudging acceptance. Some claim that the truth has been out there for decades - the false employment statistics, the brutal job market, the declining salaries, the hefty debt - yet that same truth seemed to be drowned out by a cocktail of societal fanfare, obfuscation by the Law School Cartel, and legitimate success on the part of some practitioners.
It all appeared to start as hushed conversations between practitioners, or the shame-filled silence of those who had a career and lost it, or never had one start at all. No one dared speak out, as that would be instant career suicide. Very little could be found in the media that contradicted the open road narrative of law school being a sure road to career and financial success. There were extremely rare and surprising articles in the newspapers, but for the most part they were too easily dismissed as the rantings of losers and nay-sayers.
While it sounds cliche to say that "The Internet has Changed Everything!!!11!1eleven!!1", there is some real truth to this. When people could commit the "egregious sin" (according to some LawProfs) of exercising their first-amendment rights anonymously and "telling it like it is" to a wider audience than they ever could in the main-stream media, the message got out in a way that it never could before. The Calico Cat, Tom the Temp, L4L, Law School Transparency, The Law School Tuition Bubble, Nando, and many, many others stated to speak out, and the web count kept growing as a result. By the time other important players with street-cred entered the scene (e.g. The New York Times, Campos, Tamanaha) there was fertile ground for ideas to take root.
We're not done yet. But as a reader and supporter (or even a constructive criticizer) of this cause, we here at OTLSS thank you for your participation, and we look forward to hearing from you as more and more interesting times come our collective way.