Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Blogs as Jeopardy Category and more Blogs Meet TV Stuff

They may have done that before, have blogs as a category on Jeopardy, but this is the first time I've seen it (Yes, they've done it before). Tonight on Jeopardy, for its Tournament of Champions, the show had answers awaiting questions about a few high-profile megablogs like Blundits, On the Runway, and Freakonomics. Makes sense. Why should a contestant be expected to know about an obscure blog?

Perhaps I should write in and suggest they let BlogHer be the question to one of the answers one day.

The question (answer) for the Blundits clue was something like the name of this site, Blundits, is a combination of the word "blog" and "this word." The contestant who answered first said "What is punits?" That's not my typo there but what she really said, which was ruled wrong. She didn't pronounce the "d." Another contestant gave the right question, "What is pundits?"

Does this mean that blogging has become more mainstream, that folks who frequent Internet sites are no longer considered isolated geeks or freaks?

Last night on America's Got Talent, the reality show featured contestants from MySpace. The most touching story of the evening was the story of mother, Holly Stone, who at 19 put a daughter up for adoption but found the girl, grown now, through MySpace.

The funniest moment of the evening for me was the Ozzy Osbourne impersonator Randy Hanson. Sharon Osbourne suggested he pull down his pants so she could determine whether he was actually the real Ozzy, her husband. Hanson was galaxies better than the last Osbourne impersonator that auditioned for that show. I'm happy to report that the Internet contestants weren't any worse than the other contestants the show attracts.

These Tapping Dads from California also performed and moved to the next round. And the previous week, I think, a warehouse worker and father, Xavier Lewis aka XL, the singer, also made it to next round. Guess, we can't count him as coming from MySpace.

Increasingly blogs are popping up in television shows, and bloggers are also showing up more as pundits on television news casts. I know I saw blogging figure prominently on one episode of the now-canceled Notes from the Underbelly. CSI: NY also had an episode featuring a Second Life-related murder.


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