Sunday, October 27, 2002

The Internet's implications for Culture!
The internet is supposibly this democratizing, egalitarian arena in which anyone has the access to anything, information, discourses, culture- Knowledge. Of course, as we all know, anyone living in extreme poverty (which a lot of the world's population are) does not have internet access, thus they are excluded from the "World" wide web, However, for the rest of us, the internet has opened up domains of knowledge that we would otherwise have little access to. For many, the real art world, seems imtimidating, elitists and exclusive. As a consequence, I'm sure many, feel alienated form the art world and from art. Does the internet break down these art stereotypes. In art that can be viewed on the internet seem more accessible, less pretentious. Has the internet, made art that does appeal to a wider variety of audiences, a more popular option for artists. I like to think so as anyone can access ultra-cool animations and graphics that no doubt inspire them.

So, has this little though got you in the mood for some internet Eye-candy? If so, you can get your fix here:

http://www.thefaint.com/agendasuicide.html

Do people really use the internet as an arena for role
play to it's full potential? Do they want to? I don't
know. I have been in a few chat rooms and one of the
first things I always get asked no matter what my screen
identity, is: a/s/l

It's almost as though users want to pin me down to my
biology before they interact with me. Of course what's
to stop me making it up.

I also see those introductory questionaires pointless,
they seem to defeat the purpose of chatting on line as
they (are supposed to) limit your experience to your
real identity. For example, When I tried chatting, I was
continually frustrated by the spohisticated, rich and
experienced 30 somthings (read 11 yr old boys) with
screen names like "CockMan2000" interrupting my
conversations, with invitiations of cyber sex. Thanks
boys.

The one place free from this kind of disturbances was
"The Park's" Man to Man room. I had some really amusing
and interesting conversations there. Technically I
wasn't a gay man, however I never lied, the issue of my
sex never arose. after a few months, "The park"
introduced those questionaires that you had to fill out
before you could enter. I stupidly diddn't sign up as
being "Transgendered" and as a coincidence did not have
access to half the chatrooms. Is it just me, or does
having to sign up under your RL identity rather defeat
the purpose of VR chatting?