Friday, March 16, 2007

And Mercenary responds

Originally uploaded by Tidewater Muse.
In this morning's email, a response from Mercenary Audio:
No, we didn't fire anyone for "blogging". We have two other employees that have personal blogs [where they even bitch about the company!!], and they are not a problem. What people do on their own time, how they express themselves is none of the company's business.

Mr. Townson was dismissed for a very long list of very good reasons I feel no reason to share with you... the blog, much of which was created on company time, was just the straw that broke the camel's back. The problem we had with Mr. Townson's blog is that it was created to be a "professional audio" blog, which is a direct conflict of interest to the goals of Mercenary Audio [a company that is in the "professional audio" industry].

When Mr. Townson asked the company C.O.O. if he could create a blog about the tools and techniques employed when recording music the answer was "no, you may contribute to the company website with this information, but you may not start your own site in competition and conflict with the Mercenary Audio website".

The very first words you see on Mr. Townson's blog are: "Mics, Drums, and Rock & Roll: A Music Recording Blog!". This was the straw that broke the camel's back. There is a list as long as your arm of the other faux pas perpetrated by Mr. Townson.

There are at least two sides to every story... the "fired for blogging" part is merely the tip of the iceberg.
But the tip of the iceberg is the part we see...

And how does Fletcher from Mercenary Audio know how long my arm is?

Sorry, I digress...

Well, let's see, I guess I could look for the other employees' blogs...


  1. Why does Mercenary seem to require all employees to maintain an internet presence on websites such as gearslutz, and PSW. These are internet forums which people talk about gear.

    So, the guy can't blog about it. But, he can reach an even greater number of people through the internet forums expressing the same views.

    That dude from Mercenary is a loser... I'll never buy anything there! Firing a guy after he brings home his new baby from the hospital.... :(

  2. Since the firing, Mercenary has added reasons to make themselves look justified...or cover their ass. One of the big ones seems to be that the blogging was done during work hours. Well, today is Tuesday of a work-week. I wonder how many of us, including Fletcher and other Mercenary employees, are at work, on-line now, blogging about this?

    If you haven't red Drew's side of the story, it's here: