Kipp Cheng
November 22, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Former First Kid Ron Reagan’s résumé includes stints as an actor, a ballet dancer, and a talk-show host. Now, as senior correspondent for TV.COM, a new syndicated show on digital culture, Reagan jacks into the Internet. Before starting his new gig, Reagan, 38, was a self-proclaimed Web ignoramus. ”I wasn’t a big computer guy,” he says. ”But the Internet is like a big freight train. You can either get run over or jump on board.” With a healthy dose of skepticism, he’s reported segments on online conspiracy theories (”Did aliens land in Roswell, N.M.?”) and vanity Web pages (”Those are the perfect thing for our narcissistic age; everybody can now have their own television show in a way”). Recently, he profiled Ms. founder and Net enthusiast Gloria Steinem, who urged him to upgrade. ”My computer is ancient,” he says. ”It’s about 12 years old, and it’s steam driven.”

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