Friday, August 10, 2007

Group hug

Besides porn, blogs, youtube, music resources, wikipedia, and google, the web offers something unique to modern times: Truly anonymous and unchecked voyeurism, and usually the subject - the voyee - is a willing participant.

Waaay back in the Cambrian explosion of the early web, non-pornographic cam girls, like Jennifer Ringly of Jennicam, and Puce (I think her real name is Sarah) posted cam shots of their day, occasionally posted blogs (before they were called that, and hardly anyone did it), and they were good, dirty, voyeuristic fun. Mostly because they were the authors and producers of their sites.

(One of Puce's better posts was after she'd shaved her nethers and discovered that it made it much more apparent to her when she got the hots. She got on the elevator with a boy she had a crush on, and immediately noticed she got wet. As a guy, that is something I'd never experience, of course, nor would I likely be told of such a thing by a woman. It was fun.)

It's like that great scene in American Beauty when the teenage girl notices the teenage boy next door videotaping her in her room. She goes over an opens her blouse, defiantly looking the guy right in the eye, or lens, if you will.

From what I can tell, there's not a lot of that kind of thing anymore. They're either true porn sites, or actresses just trying to get some attention. (Though Ana Voog is still at it.)

Well, the other day, I stumbledupon this site called Grouphug.

The premise is anyone can go on there and anonymously confess a deep dark secret. It's mesmerizing reading. Yes, some of these have to be pure, unadulterated BS, but they're interesting just the same because someone thought them up anyway, the sick fucks.

I warn you, you will get sucked into this for a while. Also, if you have a web filter at your place of employ that hunts for naughty words, don't read this site at work. It has them all.

(Also, don't be fooled that it's truly anonymous because they say so. Unless you are going through a site that you know hides your identity, which are harder to come by since 9-11, you can be tracked. So if you must confess, find a way to truly be anonymous.)

2 comments:

. said...

GroupHug is interesting, but the bar to interacting is so low that it encourages deceit. I much prefer PostSecret, as not only is it much more artistic than some black text on a white web page, but since it requires people to send in a postcard it requires a significantly greater investment than loading up your web browser and typing in whatever comes to mind. There's also no guarantee your card will be featured by PostSecret, and even if it is, it might take awhile. GroupHug, on the other hand, offers immediate gratification for pranksters.

Yahmdallah said...

Thanks for the suggestion.

And I totally agree, some of that stuff is totally BS.