Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Laid Off

Not surprising at all, given the conditions of the media industry, but this still sucks. Well, now I can express solidarity with my downtrodden sisters and brothers in Detroit and LA and Seattle and ... well, let's see, is there an industry out there that isn't on the ropes? Need any freelance ranting or complaining or pontificating done, gimme a call...

21 comments:

Sharon said...

Oh God Loring, I am so sorry!!!

Loring Wirbel said...

Oh, well, I was kinda expecting it at some point. I'll be fine.

Sharon said...

I was wondering if you'd seen it coming. Any chance things will turn around at EE and you'll be called back soon?

Brian Dipert said...

I'm speechless. And hoping I'm not next. Best of luck to you, Loring

Loring Wirbel said...

Nah, they're goin' down. I'll find something. Hey, Brian, thanks!

CraigM said...

As Brian said - best of luck, Loring. I'm so sorry to hear about this. I'm in shock.

CraigM said...

But also: We will go see crazy music shows together again, I know it. Maybe I'll stow away on Inca Ore's tour van when she swings through the Springs.

John G said...

I am sorry to hear it Loring, as someone who's lost quite a few jobs hang in there and you'll be fine.

Ruth said...

I have just the place for you!! I just heard that west Michigan (Grand Rapids area) is growing. Hmm, I'm sure you could get a job at Eeardman's or Zondervan's, since the Christian right (read rich) are thriving over there.

Seriously though, this really, really sucks, and I'm so sorry. You have way too much talent and skill and brainpower to not be utilized by some lucky group.

Loring Wirbel said...

Thanks Craig, if Inca wasn't married I'd go follow her around like a lonely puppy-groupie-fanboy. John, I'm already checking on four different things. Ruth, none of them are in Grand Rapids. My grandparents used to live in GR - the evangelical influence isn't as bad as Colorado Springs, but at least Springs has mountains. I'm still trying to think of a redeeming social value for Grand Rapids.

Greeley's Ghost said...

On a positive note, you know, I hope, what an influential journalist you've been from your perch at EE Times, arguably the most knowledgeable of any communications reporter anywhere. You've got plenty of cred to move on to the next big thing, brother!

Loring Wirbel said...

That's a big thumbs-up, Brian, thankee kindly!

John Donovan said...

I'm really sorry to hear this, Loring--and I'm astounded at the stupidity of it. Here I thought they could just overwork you, but instead the body has rejected the brain. You're not going to fly solo for long!

Bruce Gagnon said...

Sad to hear of the lay off Loring. No jobs, no health care, who said we don't have a depression? Best of luck and my thoughts will be with you all the way.

Bruce

Michael said...

Loring, the pain is always in the transitions, but I have confidence in you and your talents. You'll come through this in a much better place!

Loring Wirbel said...

John, Bruce, Michael, thanks for good thoughts, but I'm actually pretty upbeat, life inside the corporate beast in a declining realm like journalism (well, most realms are declining right now) was getting to be stressful. Things will just work out.

77 said...

Loring, you have no reason to remember me (Toni McConnel) but nevertheless I want to tell you how outraged I am that that idiot company let you go. I know you have been one of the most technically knowledgeable people on EET and also one of their best writers. That company has zero loyalty to people who have devoted long careers to them and I call that EVIL. I hope you find another spot that's a jewel. Or better yet, take this opportunity to do something you've always dreamed of doing but didn't have the time.
My best wishes, Toni
Hey, I don't know why my system inserted the wrong email address. It's Toni@TechRite-Associates.com.

Loring Wirbel said...

Toni, I'm actually liking it. The TechInsights division at UBM, which has EE Times, is really struggling, and I don't feel bad at all that they had to go through another RIF. Time for a new gig, y'know? But thanks for your thoughts.

El Rupester said...

yikes. that is shocking news: that EET would axe you, that things are that bad. Good luck - not that you'll need it. But this just gets scarier and scarier.

Loring Wirbel said...

Rupert, think of Richard Wallace on editorial side and James Lonsdale-Hands and Stephen Corrick on management and sales. I honestly don't know how they'll do anything with those kind of people gone.

Pete said...

Loring, it's been a while since I checked your blog, and what with teaching I've been out of the loop. I'm so sorry to hear you've been laid off. It's hard for me to imagine someone of your intelligence and talent not finding something else soon. If I were a religious man I'd pray for you.