Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Interwebs Are Just Like the Phones!

YESTERDAY MORNING, DURING THE NEWS, those braniacs on the local news programs once again proved themselves to be totally hip to technology. Our local NBC affiliate was talking about John McCain's VP choice, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and how little was known about her. So they brought on their political expert Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, who is a senior scholar at USC, and has taught at Claremont Graduate University, Loyola Marymount University and Pitzer College. She's also a contributing editor for The Los Angeles Times. So she knows a little bit about politics.

She does not, sadly, know much about the Interwebs, as she proved with her opening remarks. She was asked if she knew anything about Gov. Palin, "I went on the web," she said. Already, I was nervous just at the way she said "the web." She said it like I say "fo' shizzle" or "off the heezy." In short, it didn't sound natural.

She continued: "It was very interesting this morning, when it was said to be a possibility, I tried to Google Sarah Palin -- you couldn’t get in. Obviously, everybody in the world was trying to Google Sarah Palin."

You couldn't get in? To Google? Or to the Interwebs?

Either way, I don't really understand what you mean, Ms. Jeffe. Are you sure your computer was attached to the Interwebs? Was it actually a computer? It might have just been a typewriter sitting next to a TV. Which would explain why you couldn't "get in" to the Googles.

As a side note, I had no trouble getting in to the Googles that very same morning.

But maybe my Googles are fancier than her Googles.