Information Diet: Stephen Lang

The Terra Nova star is an admitted self-Googler who can't seem to look away from the horror of what he finds

What's the first information you consume in the morning?
I read The New York Times on my iPad or iPhone.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?
I don't. When I eat, I just eat.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus?
In the car, I either listen to music or, depending on the time of day and where I am, to sports radio. I might add, when I was driving down yesterday from New York to Washington, there was static on every dial except the evangelical stations and Rush Limbaugh. Why is that? They come in as clear as a bell!

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?
I don't watch a whole lot of television. If there's something on that I have an interest in, or if I have an hour–but I don't have any regular shows.

If you're a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop, or tablet?
I like Antiques Roadshow. And I really dig Chelsea Lately, but I don't watch too many late-night shows because I go to bed fairly early. I always watch them on my television.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter, or fast until morning?
I always have at least one book on my bedside table. Right now, I'm reading a book by Alan Bullock called Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives, and I just finished a fascinating biography of John D. Rockefeller.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?
There's as much junk in print as there is on the Web, and vice versa. I think it's a question of your personal preference. There's something nice and old school about a magazine or newspaper in your hand, but I've gotten used to doing it on the iPad, just out of convenience.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.
I like IMDbPro. And I got into this Words With Friends thing–the Scrabble one. I just started the other day, so I've got a couple of games going with friends, but I've also got games where they pick a random person.

What's your biggest digital indulgence?
I guess I would have to admit to Googling myself. I like to know where I stand these days. You get in there, and then all of a sudden, you find out that people are saying the most horrifying things about you. You see pictures of your house…It's slightly freaky. But that's what you get for going there!

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?
I ignore it. It's like going past junk food restaurants or not eating bread. It just becomes a part of your life. You have to keep a sense of purpose because it's so easy to wander about in the ether.