The Latest Cyber Craze! (and prequel.)
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28 Responses:

  1. abates says:

    At least they didn't mention the H word.

    I would have been tempted to mock up a "Welcome to the FBI mainframe" page to have up on screen when the computer turned on, just to give them a thrill. "Ooops, you can edit that out, right?"

    Except that would probably be a good way to get raided by the FBI.

  2. lars_larsen says:

    The revolution will not be blogged!

  3. treylis says:

    I've always found the word "blog" to be particularly odious, and so I substitute "journal" for it in all cases.

  4. azul_ros says:

    I don't like "blog" either. Sounds too similar to "blob" or "log" - neither of those bring up nice images!!

    Lovely to see Danielle Dax in your music selection. Do you happen to know if there are any CD releases of her music?!!

  5. jotunheim says:

    Fair and Balance blogging. :-/

  6. revsphynx says:

    Robin Robinson scares me.

    • jotunheim says:

      Roger, Roger.

      • revsphynx says:

        She looks like a transvestite with lazy eye.

        • jotunheim says:

          Yeah, she does.

          Although generally speaking, people don't usually take very feminine looking and sounding women seriously in newscasting.

      • ronbar says:

        Roger, Roger.
        You have clearance, Clarence.
        What's your vector, Victor?

        So, Billy... do you like gladiator movies?

        So, Billy... have you ever seen a grown man naked?

        Old white lady: Excuse, me, stewardess-- perhaps I can help. I speak jive.

        And of course, the best, unspoken joke of the entire movie, the joke my dad had to explain to me when I was seven and we saw the movie: the propeller engine sounds on the exterior shots of the jet airliner.

        All done without imdb! Aren't I a sad, sad man?

  7. I for one look forward to being a blogging overlord.

  8. roninspoon says:

    Those crazy cyber kids, all whacked up on goof balls and blogging, you know... stuff. It won't be long now before all the kids can't even speak at all, they'll just spend all their time downloading the porno and talking about gay space comboys.

  9. otterley says:

    Do you remember seeing a URL on a billboard the first time? I do.

    • jlindquist says:

      For Southwest Airlines, along Cicero Av. on the way to Midway, summer 1994. I believed it was a sign that the world was ending.

  10. baconmonkey says:

    "Hi, I'm blogger Wendy McClure. You may remember me from such blogs as....."

  11. captain18 says:

    Having spent five years working at a fairly news-oriented medium-market TV station, what I can tell you is that these types of feature stories are never, ever assigned to reporters who have an inkling of what's going on. Which is why you get packages with lots of "artsy" closeups of Enter keys and clearscan shots of monitors that show that a website exists but not what it does.

    I remember the first time I saw a package on Linux come down on the network news feed, in 2000. I shit you not, for B-roll they had someone write up a nice little shell script to print out "LINUX" on the screen fifty times and then videotaped the program output. Sure, they described it as an operating system, and said it was free, but if you had never heard of it before you would have been left with the impression that it was a DOS replacement.

    I'm not sure who loses more in these situations: The viewing public who gets a skewed view of the subject, or participants in the subject who've just been socially marginalized -- simply because the reporter doesn't grok the subject.

  12. cyeh says:

    wtf kind of name is 'Robin Robinson'? It's like 'John Johnson'. Were her parents insane?