Dead Tree Media Aftermath: Martin Manley Suicide Reveals Harsh Times For Old School Newspaper Workers Amid Dying Industry
For quite some time we've been chronicling the demise of the newspaper industry in this town but yesterday was a milestone in the story of Kansas City Dead Tree Media and their inevitable downfall.
A brief aside . . .
Nuns in Catholic school assured a younger TKC that people who committed suicide were doing nothing more than buying a one-way ticket directly to Hell. There's was no consideration for people with mental problems or those confronting terminal illness. In fact, I've never seen nuns so convinced of anything than the eternal damnation that awaits those who check out early. Sr. Marcella told us that suicide was worse than murder and nearly as bad as abortion . . . It's one of the very few things God doesn't forgive.
Also, in general, I don't like quitters - Which is why I find old drunks charming.
So, I didn't get the significance of Martin Manley's suicide at first.
But more than anything else, this former Kansas City Star employee killing himself rather than growing old and feeble as a blogger gives us insight into the fear which confronts newspaper industry workers looking at the the endgame and life-cycle of Dead Tree Media.
Oh yeah . . . And don't give me that crap about newspaper journalism standards when a Dead Tree Media newsie goes out by perpetrating a bloggy hoax about gold coins.
Anyhoo . . .
For quite some time I've been offering blogging classes to former Dead Tree Media workers . . . But now I'm thinking that maybe I should start a support group for workers in an industry that isn't just headed into decline but total obsolescence . . . And sooner than anyone thinks. Think buggy whips and vinyl records.
And so we mourn Marin Manley and maybe realize that all of the Dead Tree Media newsies who haven't transitioned into steady jobs in television might be facing more hardships than they're willing to admit in public . . . Because clearly the blogging life doesn't hold the same prestige, allure or paychecks that keep print newsies plugging away while their medium goes the way of the dinosaur.
Check the links . . .
John Landsberg @ Bottom Line Communications Has The Best Take On This Story: FORMER KC STAR STATS EDITOR COMMITS SUICIDE
Gold rush at Overland Park Arboretum turns up empty
New York Daily News: Kansas City sports writer Martin Manley leaves behind website after committing suicide
Police: Dead man's claim of $200K coin buried at arboretum a hoax
NBA Efficiency Rating Inventor Kills Self, Explains Via Website
Check Out Martin Manley's Last Post: The reason for my departure is 100% within my ability to control. You see, earlier today, I committed suicide.