With the success of internet, almost every social activity that can be made face to face, has been created virtually on the internet. From gaming, to dating, to viewing pictures and videos. A few years ago a new form of communication was formed through the internet which is called Chatroulette. This new form of communication is based on a website, which one enters freely, and can chat  to people form all around the world; by instant messaging as well as video calling. Once can talk to people from all over the world, weather it was form Canada, to the middle east even india and china.

Here are a few facts about this website and who exactly is using it:

-About half of all Chatroulette spins connect you with someone in the United States, the second country is France with 15%.
-Of the spin showing a single person; 89% were male and 11% were female.

  • 1 in 8 spins yield something R-rated or worse.
  • You are twice as likely to encounter a sign requesting female nudity than you are to encounter actual female nudity.
  • AGE: of all these people 70% were adults of 21 and 40, almost 20% were of age 20 and below, and only 10% were people aged 40 and up.
  • LOCATION: 47% of Chatroulette participants were from the United States
  • Italy had the highest concentration of solo males at 98%. It also had the highest concentration “Men over 40″ at 13% (more than 3x the US rate of 4%).
  • The US has the highest concentration of groups at 13%, followed by The Netherlands at 9%.
  • Canada had the highest concentration of solo females at 13%, followed by the US at 10%


In Chatroulette, you tend to see R-rated images, that can be repulsing and disgusting. On the website those who qualify to be under perverts are:

  • Those who appear not to  be wearing any clothes
  • Displaying explicit nudity
  • Appear to be committing a lewd act

The Overall pervert rate on Chatroulette is 13%-  with 8% as Female.

I find the website a truly disgusting and despicable thing, It was meant to be a new form for socialization, and somehow ended up being one of the most known websites to enjoy some sex video interactions and pornographic and perverted images and videos.




Can having too many friends on Facebook threaten our lives?

Most of us have over five hundred so-called ‘friends’ on Facebook, some of which we don’t even know or probably even talk to, some of which we have met once, or known a long time ago. The obvious question that comes to mind is do we in fact really need to have all these people on our ‘friends’ list?

Preferably not. As most of us tend to post pictures and updates of our daily lives, this can easily become a major threat to our privacy leading to various problems. This easily happens since the facebook network is able to trace your actions. If you simply update your status as “Out of town for the weekend!”, it is a perfect opportunity for someone waiting for your household to be empty in order to raid it for example.

Also, having an overload of ‘friends’ on facebook, some of which you don’t even communicate with is not healthy, as you know that these people are able to view your profile and pictures and maybe save and use your pictures for other purposes.

An interesting article that caught my attention while browsing through the gulf news website that concerned this subject in a way would be the “Trim Your Friend Fat on November 17” article.  In this piece of writing, they referred to getting rid of your facebook friends as though it were a breaking up process with these people.

“Friend Fat” according to this article would refer to people you knew since your childhood but haven’t interacted or talked to in a long period of time, and also those people which add you making you assume that you have met them beforehand, or those people that you have met once in your life and never saw again.

So, for everyone’s own benefit, we should all open up our eyes and get rid of those random people that you do not personally know that well.


The Age of Radical Transparency

The term radical transparency was originally used to refer to corporations and was a management approach in which (ideally) all decision making is carried out publicly. It is now being applied to the Internet.

Behind Facebook’s element of confession is radical transparency. Mark Zuckerburg, inventor of Facebook suggests, “more transparency should make for a more tolerant society in which people eventually accept that everybody sometimes does bad or embarrassing things.” Facebook and other social networking sites have made it the norm in society to open up online or be an outsider. We are moving towards an even more open society with millions of people signing up for Facebook and other social media accounts and sharing photos and personal information online for anyone to see.

The problem with this notion of radical transparency as Dr. Strangelove states, “is that we’re involved in it and corporations are not,” thus, “moving society into an unequal future, where the powerful are becoming increasingly opaque to us.” As the rich and powerful hide behind privacy policies and laws, average people are sharing more and more about themselves; becoming radically transparent online. Thus, giving corporations the ability to profile us based on insight into our lives. This is only making corporations and those in power all the more powerful over the average human being.

David Brin phrases the threat of radical transparency perfectly in his book, The Transparent Society, when he says,”sacrificing anonymity may be the next generation’s price for keeping precious liberty, as prior generations paid in blood.”

By: Nicole Johns

Peep Culture

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We live in a society obsessed with social media. Most of us post intimate details about our lives online and on social media sites daily. Blogs have replaced the old school diaries, so now details of our lives are available online for anyone to access. Facebook has replaced photo albums, for the majority photos are now digital and stored online, accessible to friends and friends of friends on Facebook.

This can be damaging to the way we are perceived by others. You can post something online in a matter of seconds but it is nearly impossible to erase. Toronto writer and social commentator Hal Niedzviecki calls this desire to share our lives with others online “peep culture.” He says it allows ordinary people to get their entertainment from other ordinary people.

A big problem with peep culture  is over sharing online. By giving out personal information online it gives anyone access  to it, even people who could potentially do harm.

The subject of pop culture in the capitalist age was watching celebrities, the subject of post capitalist production is the ordinary individual through amateur video. Peep culture is simply an evolution of popular culture and its focus on entertainers and celebrities, Niedzviecki says. Therefore, our society has evolved from being completely fixated on celebrities to being fixated on the lives of ordinary people, through reality tv, blogs, and social networking sites.

By: Nicole Johns