Senior Associate Editor of Engadget, Paul Miller has just announced he is leaving. After writing for Engadget for over 5 years Paul has written a staggering 5,500 posts and more than 1.5 million words.
In a post on his personal blog, Paul sights AOL as the primary reason for leaving Engadget.
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I’d love to be able to keep doing this forever, but unfortunately Engadget is owned by AOL, and AOL has proved an unwilling partner in this site’s evolution. It doesn’t take a veteran of the publishing world to realize that AOL has its heart in the wrong place with content. As detailed in the “AOL Way,” and borne out in personal experience, AOL sees content as a commodity it can sell ads against. That might make good business sense (though I doubt it), but it doesn’t promote good journalism or even good entertainment, and it doesn’t allow an ambitious team like the one I know and love at Engadget to thrive.
He signs off the post, Former Engadget Editor which actually really does feel like the end of an era. Although he hasn’t yet announced his next venture, Paul does say he continues to love technology. Something AOL is clearly missing is an understanding that blogs of today are not only a product of their content, but also the people who produce it. So could Paul be the first of many, now AOL employees, to leave ?