Monday, August 15, 2005

No Matter What They Say

I'm oddly drawn to this Flickr collection by cyberstars. S/he has collected over a hundred webcam screenshots of (mostly) men from Yahoo chatrooms. Many of the men are straight, and none of them are conventionally beautiful. Instead, the dominant look is loneliness. Nonetheless, I'm hooked.

Since no context is presented for any of the images, it's tempting to read into the titles of the photos, which seem to be screennames. chubchrdream, for instance might well be one, while I don't quite know what to think of deadwomanstillbreathing.

Also intriguing are the text messages that the men have written on their webcam images. Many assert their straightness: des05's "would any ladies like to me to get naked? Just ask. no men please" is typical. Still others point out their desirability: "friend called needs BJ got to go suck him off" is triumphantly displayed over an image of an empty room.

Cyberstars's mysterious profile only reads "you are beautiful", and that might well be the point. All of the pictures are tagged with "beauty" and "sex", but also with "depression", "loneliness" and "unemployment". I'm not sure I could come up with a better thumbnail description of the online chat scene.


Anonymous Steve said...

Ho, this is hillarious. I wonder if these poor soles know that they have become a victim of their own voyorism?! Greetings from Europe,
hugs, Steve

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an invasion of privacy. Why make their lives worse by exposing them on the internet for anyone to find. They should not be exploited for no reason.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Bill said...

Dear anonymous,

Actually, all those individuals uploaded their pictures to the internet themselves. I'm not sure you can say it's an invasion of privacy, especially since there is no identifying information (name, email, website). There's nothing private to invade.

7:24 PM  

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