Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal‘s Amy Schatz reported that Google would be setting up a “two-story, 8,000 square-foot headquarters for hundreds of bloggers descending on the Democratic convention in Denver next week, and it will offer similar services at the Republican convention in September, as new media gain influence in politics.”
According to Ms. Schatz, for $100, Google will provide access to the workspace along with “food and beverages, Google-sponsored massages, smoothies and a candy buffet.”
If it’s half as comfortable as it sounds, it will be a vast improvement over bloggers’ digs during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. Turn back the calender page to Sept. 26, 2004, when The New York Times Magazine placed Wonkette’s then-editor Ana Marie Cox on its cover with Jack Germond and the late R. W. Apple and a laptop so huge it could’ve been a briefcase.
In the accompanying article, Matthew Klam described the glamorous blogger workspace as follows:
Yeah, that was rough. And no freakin’ massages.