Information Diet: Luke Perry

Cops to watching Breaking Bad on his iPad, refuses to buy into the hype of the iPhone


Age 47

Accomplishments Director, star and executive producer of Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts, premiering Jan. 26 on the Hallmark Movie Channel; starred in Beverly Hills, 90210; Oz; and John From Cincinnati

Base Los Angeles

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

I hit the CNN website and the BBC World report. But I want to start watching Al Jazeera more. I’m interested to see how that’s going to catch on here.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?

Unfortunately, I’m usually watching some director walk around and talk shit because I’m eating on set. But when that’s not happening, I listen to NPR in the mornings—All Things Considered. And then there’s a classical station at 91.5 FM [in Los Angeles] that I love.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?

When I was a kid, I just devoured TV 24 hours a day. Now that it’s actually available 24 hours a day, I’m usually busy doing other stuff. But I do watch TV when I can. I’ve been loving Wedding Band on TBS and The Big Bang Theory. Comedy Central gets a good bit of my time—I love the Colbert Report, Daily Show, Tosh.0.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning?

I’ve been reading Man of God, Son of Thunder by Harold Schindler. It’s about a man named Orrin Porter Rockwell who was a badass in the Mormon Church. John Smith was shaking hands while this guy was kicking peoples’ asses.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.

Skyview. You hold it up to the stars, and it reads the constellations. It tells you specifically which constellation you’re looking at and shows you the location of the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?

Well, I don’t have an iPhone, so it would have to be my iPad and watching Breaking Bad on iTunes. I try not to do that—I still patronize commercial television because that’s where I make my living—but at the same time, I have to catch up with Breaking Bad.

So you’re not out buying every new tech product Apple comes out with?

No. There are too many iPhones. It’s enough. Why doesn’t Apple stop for a year and make medical devices? When people talk about technology, that’s where I start to get a little hot under the collar because I know that it’s the key to solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Having a faster, thinner telephone is not one of the world’s biggest problems. And these assholes have to stop selling the idea that it is.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?

No social media. Isn’t the basic concept of Twitter that you believe that so many people care about what you have to say that you have to post it on this world-wide medium? I’m not going there. I don’t think what I have to say is that important.

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