So, if you were watching NDTV at about 955 last evening, you would have seen:
-An introduction to a piece about new-age astrologers with laptops
-immediately followed, surprise, by the blogging story, which consisted of –
– lots of cutaways of my room, my posters and my books
– two incoherent quotes from me (taken from a loooong interview, part of a fairly gruelling 2.5 hour shoot at my house, where shots were taken of a (they said) ‘lonely loser’ blogger’s surroundings. Me standing on the balcony looking at a dog, me scribbling in the NDTV reporter’s diary, me reading Watchmen, me climbing stairs, me opening doors, me fingering my keyboard, me staring solemnly and cheesily at my book (ha! I used the Swedish translation, and they never knew). Praise the GODS that none of this actually went on TV. Incidentally, I am now the size of a medium-sized whale, and fairly glad that the new book wont get any media attention because then i would have had to become thin. Why am I so much more bloated on video? Friends reference – Monica: The camera adds ten pounds! Chandler: So how many cameras are actually on you?
– lots of shots of my blog, the ‘your blog has published successfully’ thing, and some other blogs. I noticed Jais and eMs.
– random cybercafe-type place shots, unless it was the NDTV office 🙂
– and just when you were waiting for Jai, eM, Hurree Babu and Kiruba Shankar, the other people interviewed for this story (and i have to say they did a LOT of shooting for a small feature), or even for shots of the very nice, bright-future reporter (sorry about the flush, K) talking to the camera, you got
– a few seconds of black screen
– Vishnu Som (I think) saying solemnly, there were problems with that clip (like someone had discovered it wasnt about new-age astrologers) and ok, byebye now.
I apologize to the Indian blogosphere at large for being the only face shown in the story, for not saying anything interesting on TV (though i promise i said many clever and interesting things during the long interview) and for being the most unattractive poster-boy for blogging since…well, ever, actually.
Advice for the good people at NDTV
– In future, do not shorten what could have been stunning docu-features on blogging (for what? news! I ask you, dont you get tired of the news on a 24×7 news channel from time to time?), or if you do play the intro to one, do call it a blogging story
– Show all the attractive bloggers during the first part of the story