After receiving some very sad news yesterday that someone very close to me lost his job at The Washington Times, I had a Willy Loman, from the novel Death of a Salesman, moment. What happens when everything you believed crumbles around you?
Here’s a hard working black man, not in jail, never been in jail, handling his responsibilities who was inches away from retirement and now his job has stopped the presses…literally.
I know, it happens. Industry fluctuations, birth of new generations, the nature of ebb and flow, yadda, yadda, yadda…but it’s always sad when it happens to you. Who doesn’t want to end their career on their own terms?
The newspaper as a printed communicaton has been struggling for years. Heck, here I am sitting on my couch in my jammies, VH-1 playing in the background, munching on edamame, and sipping jasmine tea pumping out whatever comes to mind in my blog. I would never have dreamed that as an armchair blogger that I’d have access to information and people that used to be reserved exclusively for the big newspapers. Am I, and others like me, to blame? Has the birth of my career (using that term loosely because this shizz surely ain’t putting pennies in my pocket…yet) led to the death of another?
I wonder if the next generation will not even see printed communications like the newspaper. They’ll never have the fond memory I have of my father sitting in his wicker chair on Sunday morning- newspaper and cup of coffee in hand, the smell of his scrambled eggs and sight of the bread crumbs on the plate from his toast. “That’s what daddies do,” I used to say to myself as a child. Will my fond memory be replaced by images of my dad with a cup of coffee and laptop in hand or better yet a micro mini tiny-pod playing news stories as told by millions of average joes out there?
(no my dad is not the one that lost his job…wasn’t sure if I started blurring my stories together for you too much to follow)
What are your thoughts?
Here are some articles that talk about decline of the newspaper industry:
The Washington Times online- In ‘survival mode,’ newspapers slashing jobs
TruthDig.com- Bad Days for Newsrooms–and Democracy