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May 31, 2005

Pajama Media, Major Problem.

Two seemingly unconnected events today, the combination of which leads me to suspect that Pajama Media has a serious problem on its hands, one that could, if unaddressed, cripple the entire project.

The first was the arrival of the latest Pajamagram detailing progress and all seems well and the project is developing nicely.

The second was my being invited out to lunch by a reader of this blog. A decent lunch in a decent restaurant, what could be wrong with that? (BTW, thanks again Erik!) Well, the problem that arises is the method of payment used for that very lunch. As my host was not only a reader, but a fully paid up member of the mainstream media, he was able to use the corporate credit card to pay for said lunch. Again, there is no problem with that and our discussion roamed over the role of blogs, newspapers, the coming changes, the way in which the very best bloggers (Jane Galt at The Economist for example) are already adding to the glories of the mainstream....a general and wide ranging discussion.

As he said when inviting me to the lunch:

I'm a card-carrying member of the MSM, and as such have something the blogosphere, in the main, doesn't: an expense account.

I fear that this lack could be an insurmountable problem for Pajama Media....just where are the corporate credit cards to which we can charge expensive and alcohol fueled lunches? Where, in fact, would be journalism without such? As anyone who has ever been around journalists will know, whatever we might be doing while sober will not be journalism as we know and love it.

So Pajama does face a serious problem: who’s picking up the lunch tab?

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Whoa! I better get a missive to Roger immediately! I spent all yesterday reworking my style sheet so it would support ads.

Posted by: Mike | May 31, 2005 5:53:24 PM

I think our literary lunches are going to end up here.

Posted by: Patricia | May 31, 2005 6:34:09 PM

For breakfast, lunch, dinner and more breakfast, a Princeton tradition, and we'll go dutch!

Posted by: Fausta | May 31, 2005 6:54:43 PM

we will always take Erik with us. you said he is a nice guy, so i cant see any problem with this. we have his credit card + we let MSM pay :)

Posted by: krillix | May 31, 2005 8:13:16 PM

So this means exactly what? No more free lunches? I'm willing to go to expense as well as to time and trouble to do whatever it takes to get this project off the ground....

I don't get it.

Posted by: dymphna | Jun 1, 2005 4:16:05 AM

Krillix makes a lot of sense. Bring Erik.

Posted by: Buckley F. Williams | Jun 1, 2005 4:16:20 AM

Alcohol-fuelled lunches for the Pyjama-media? Don't need 'em, just a glass of pineapple juice and a bowl of Kellogg's Frosties.
Presumably, the blogging media can have slumber parties?

Posted by: Monjo | Jun 1, 2005 10:37:27 AM

It's not at all that good...I have to say, I find few things are anywhere near as expensive as expenses. Yeah, it sounds cool at the time. A trip to whereever, first-class tickets, suite at the Plaza, total expenses, Dr. Gonzo, taxi, cocktails, yes.

But you always end up having to draw a wedge of cash which you can never ever ever reclaim. And the cash-monkeys always take an age to sort your expenses, so your credit card starts crying.

And whichever form of payment is easiest to manage one's expenses on is always the one they refuse.

The trip to Norway, by the way, was set up by the same Chinese firm who tried to bribe my editor by offering to reimburse him for a first-class BA return to Shenzhen in cash, knowing full well he'd expensed it. But they didn't offer me any cash. Fuck'em.

Posted by: Alex | Jun 1, 2005 10:44:12 AM

Okay Tim,
I just sent my request in to PJMedia with your name on it. Now, if you can get the expense accounts thing worked out...

Posted by: Jeremy | Jun 7, 2005 1:59:58 AM