So I’m going to be on the news tonight: the FOX local news here in Chicago (WFLD?) at 9pm. I believe the story is something like “Bloggers: they blog! But what is a blog, anyway? Could blogging happen to you?” I agreed to do it yesterday. What? I’m easy.
So FOX news came to my apartment to interview me and observe me doing bloggery things, like sitting down at my computer. I mean the act of sitting down was carefully recorded. I was instructed to walk across my room and sit down at my computer, and here is where it got complicated.
“Can we see you logging on?” the camera guy said.
“Um, well, I have cable, so it’s always on,” I told him. My browser window was open on the desktop.
The reporter looked worried. “Can’t you… you know,” she said. I began to sense they wanted to see something that said AND NOW HERE IS THE INTERNET or THUS WE GO FORTH INTO CYBERSPACE or whatever.
“I could close a browser window and then open it again,” I said. They didn’t say anything. “I could… put my computer in sleep mode, and then when I sit down the screen comes on… or–”
“Oh yeah. Do that,” the reporter said.
So I walked across the room and sat down and hit a key on my machine. I stared at the dark screen. I hadn’t realized how long it takes for my Mac to wake up, and I forgot that the screen fades up slowly, which made the whole thing appear way more dramatic than it ought to be. Maybe you’ll get to see for yourself.