David Simon: Some people have critiqued the lack of presence of the internet in the Season 5 story. For them, allow me to offer the deleted scene that would have incorporated the profound impact of the internet on the goings-on in our story set at the mythical Baltimore Sun:
INT. GARDEN APARTMENT/ANYWHERE - DAY
A white MALE, thirties, unshaven, sits in his underwear typing on a desktop computer. C.U. on computer screen. As he links to Baltimore Sun coverage off the newspaper's web site, creating a link on his own blog. The MALE scratches his left testicle, then satisfied, begins typing. C.U. on the moving cursor as commentary ensues.
CUT TO: EXT. DRUG CORNER/WEST BALTIMORE - DAY
Or whatever . . .
When David Simon wrote that, the ghost of Mencken smiled down upon him.