The Republican Convention is intriguing, and not just pundits’ explanations of Chris Christie’s speech or examination a “We Built This” theme come detached during a seams. No, what’s unequivocally intriguing is how a 15,000 reporters sent into a trail of a whirly to news on all of a same things usually seem to caring about Diet Coke.
According to Glynnis MacNicol, Capital New York‘s RNC correspondent, “Last week, digital-media guru Jeff Jarvis wrote a post severe reporters to explain since they were attending a conventions. Here is one answer: Free lunch and massages.” MacNicol afterwards goes on about a joys of Arianna Huffington’s “Oasis”, that is finish with 500-calorie lunches, giveaway beverages, and massages for sleepy reporters. But they were blank one thing: “There is no Diet Coke here, we am kindly sensitive by a lady who comes to take my order.” No. Way.
To improved know this critical and intensity lunch-ruining First World Problem, we have to know a place of Diet Coke has in a lives of journalists. As Yahoo’s Dylan Stableford forked out behind in March, caffeine is a fuel that powers political reporters (that and giveaway 500 calorie lunches). Some, like Buzzfeed’s McCkay Coppins, splash upwards of 5 Diet Cokes per day—preferring it to Diet Pepsi since it has some-more caffeine. This brownish-red elixir of life—it’s like Honey Boo Boo’s Go Go Juice for a Twitter set— has worked a approach into a veins of all domestic reporters, and though it, they get really thirsty. And really fractious (despite all a giveaway food and drinks they are getting). Here’s some anecdotal explanation of Tampa’s Diet Coke-drinking scene:
From aides like Legislative Coorespondent/Press Assistant during U.S. House of Representatives Ashley Noland who tweeted:
— Ashley Noland (@ashleywray89) August 28, 2012
To self-described “media addict” Rachel Sklar:
— rachelsklar (@rachelsklar) August 25, 2012
And yes, apparently a miss of Diet Coke during HuffPo’s Shangri-La is as newsworthy as a massages, a refreshments, a snooze rooms, and giveaway sauna products that Huffington’s henchmen are handing out. And it isn’t a initial time reporters have been cut off from their life-giving liquid this week. Tampa Bay Times designer Darla Cameron had this to tweet:
— darlacameron (@darlacameron) August 26, 2012
And there’s an even some-more extraordinary standing refurbish from journalist Elizabeth Bunn today:
Tampa Convention Center is out of diet coke (cans)
— Elizabeth Bunn (@elizabethmbunn) August 29, 2012
Can these peaceful “refugees“ survive though Diet Coke? Sure. But is essay about wanting some-more of a things some-more engaging than another story about Chris Christie’s speech? You bet. Maybe we should start a collection to buy a box of Diet Coke for these bad souls: For only pennies a day, a cost of a crater of coffee, we can assistance yield a media chairman with a Diet Coke. Won’t we help?