Sunday, September 29, 2002

Ok, time to get serious as I realise that this blog is actually for assesment.
Though maybe me taking the piss has a serious agenda... that is of showing up the irony of the highly personalised nature of some peoples web pages in such an annonomous, impersonal space (the internet).

...yessss that was it.

No seriously, I am always amused by the details that people include in thier own web pages. Even the fact that they have created pages about themselves in the first place is somewhat strange. Anyone can access the vital stats on a person, - where they are from, what they look like, what type of music they are into.... Just the fact that there is no screen on who can access these vital stats, is what I find odd. The only equavilent that I could think of in everyday life, would be tossing thousands of photocopied sheets of paper, with photo's, and information about myself into the street, There, they can be picked up by any passer-by. Anyone can get the low down on this "Annabel" character at a glance.
I wonder why there is this need in so many, to put themselves "out there" in the multi-faceless darkness of the world wide web?

Another thing that interests me in the "persoanlised" services that the internet provides. Everything from weightloss programmes to matchmaking services are out there, Promising an individualised product that caters to each users specific needs. Of course, the product is always limited to it's criteria.
My most recent brush with such a phenomonon was Richard Simmons' Personal Challenge!

By entering a few key statistics, Richard Simmons can supposbily assess wherther our entire lifestyle and carb intake need an overhaul, via his latest series of inspirational aerobics videos...Yay!
These type of services have the effect of reducing down unique individuals into key statistics, and then providing all with the same homogonised product. Is the internet really catering for or reducing our individual needs!

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Personal Challenge