Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sad News Out of Knoxville and a Blow to the Tennessee Blogosphere

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 6:20 AM

Michael Silence
  • Michael Silence
As Steve Haruch posted here on Pith yesterday, the Knoxville News Sentinel reduced its staff by 33 people on Tuesday. Among those laid off, according to KnoxViews, is Michael Silence.

Silence has done so much for the Tennessee blogosphere that it's kind of hard to quantify his contributions. Even though the conventional narrative was that bloggers and newspaper folks were natural enemies, Silence never treated bloggers that way. He read voraciously, linked widely, and seemed to intuitively understand what bloggers were up to.

It's sad that Silence, a person who so clearly saw the Internet's potential for sharing information and fostering discussion, is a victim of the economic pressures the Internet has put on traditional media. In his own way, he helped make the state smaller. I was sitting here in Nashville when I heard from a guy in Memphis that Silence had been let go, mere seconds after R. Neal reported it in Knoxville. And it's because of Silence's work that the three of us know each other.

Good luck, Michael.

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