Wednesday, April 20, 2011

How your journalism sausage gets made, part one

I'm doing a series on my Forbes blog PINK SLIPPED in which I chronicle the making of a story on the strip club economy.
Next, I began to formulate a series of questions in my mind. How is the gentleman’s club business? Is business good, or is business bad? Are dancers making what they were before 2008, or are they struggling? How do managers who have been in the business for a long time see the business as doing, comparatively-speaking? Are more customers coming in these days or fewer? What are the customers looking for — escape, fantasy, excitement? Are dancers paying their mortgages with the money they make, and what’s it like to be a businesswoman when your business is your body? The tech industry is a big player in this region. What can we learn about the tech industry from the way its employees are spending their money at strip clubs?
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