On Friday afternoon I got a frustrated message from a fellow music writer. AOL Music, she said, was closing down. Soon thereafter employees of the media property, including Spinner editor Dan Reilly confirmed the news. "Well, we all just got laid off," he Tweeted. "AOL Music is finished."
Luke O'Neil, at work in his office
My first reaction, which is, sadly, a common one for all of us in the media of late, was "Oh, great, another one bites the dust." That was followed by a note of sympathy for my friends and colleagues employed by the various AOL music sites. We could spend a lot of time pouring one out for our lost publications lately, that is if any of us had money to pay for the beer in the first place. A similar scenario played out a couple months ago when the Boston Phoenix, the venerable alt-weekly that I had written for for years, shuttered. In a big picture sense, the city itself was rendered poorer the instant it closed down. In another sense, all of my friends there were rendered literally poorer.More »