Indeed, employee mistreatment has always happened in the media, even in the golden days. It happens in any industry where management can turn around to the foot soldiers and say: "Everyone wants this 'glamorous' job, so you can be easily replaced by someone willing to work under even worse conditions". We're just hearing about it more because the rot has now reached every level. Due to lack of resources and money, the industry has been stripped of many of its superstar editors, and once a magazine loses its figurehead - and a lot of its legend - what we're left looking at (and hearing about) is the same old churn that always happened down through the decades to people at the lower levels. Underlings being abused, people going unpaid, staff being hired and fired. Sure, some people had cushy lives working for a magazine, but it's hardly a surprise that was all part of the image the industry wanted to sell. But now there's no mystique about it.