Variety: “That blogger at TMZ.com, which is owned by Warners’ own AOL, doesn’t fit the common stereotype of a lonely geek in sweats hunkered in a dark basement staring into a glowing computer screen. In fact, he was a trade reporter who was competing with his ex-colleagues at Variety for scoops. His advantage: as a blogger, he could post his items faster online.”
There are several questions that must be asked:
1. Is there anything wrong with basements?
2. Why is it that bloggers are associated with basements? Which blogger set the precedent? Have any bloggers been found dead in a basement?
3. Was the first basement-observed blogger based in Terre Haute?
4. Are they any journalists in New York now working in basements?
5. Is the preferred blogger basement a daylight basement, a walk-up basement, or a look-out basement? If we are to carry out a stereotype, I think it’s important to be specific about it.
6. Are there any known cases in which a blogger working in a basement has been bitten by a rat or a spider or a creepy crawly? Asbestos?
7. Are most of the basements owned by Warner?
8. Why would one wear sweats or pajamas in a basement?
9. Is the basement really that ideal of a spot for a desktop or laptop computer?
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