A look at this week's top-rated websites from Stumble Upon, recorded on August 20.
This week's selection includes a video of a viral video campaign run on Chat Roulette where a girl starts stripping before turning into a "she-demon," a ski game web app, a screenshot of Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill in Star Wars, photo of an infographic that helps people express their emotions, and 100 photography tutorials. Stripping Chat Roulette Girl Turns Into She-Demon 2.
For the past few months, Internet news sites have been reporting about (wikipedia link), a website created by 17-year-old Russian student Andrey Ternovskiy.
If you’ve read any of my posts, you know that I’m not terribly interested showing how people use technology for “good content” or “bad content.” We all know that some people will use technology to do bad things (consider yourself warned!
), and others will do creative, interesting things like this guy who plays piano for visitors or the live Ben Folds concert, and still someone else will do evangelism on it.
What I’m more interested in is what kind of human behavior the medium itself tends to produce in people.
Chat is very interesting as a medium since it recalls the anonymity of the early internet days, but by replacing text with webcams it also allows a deeper level of intimacy.
However, this intimacy is very temporary since visitors can quickly press “next” and move on to the next person.
This video does a great job of showing what happens on the site and the overall behavior of its users (please note there is some graphic language toward the end).
The video is interesting because it attempts to show the behavior of humans as a whole: How Did We Get Here?
Almost every study on technology and media makes a big point of shifts in society that happens when cultures move from oral to print to digital, and I think Chat offers us a clear example of these kinds of shifts.
People in an culture have no technological means to record their thoughts, ideas, and stories, so they are forced to share with one another everything they know.