By Theresa M. Senft
This ebook is a severe and ethnographic learn of camgirls: ladies who broadcast themselves over the internet for most of the people whereas attempting to domesticate a degree of superstar within the procedure. The book’s over-arching query is, «What does it suggest for feminists to discuss the non-public as political in a networked society that encourages girls to ‘represent’ via confession, star, and sexual reveal, yet punishes an excessive amount of visibility with conservative censure and backlash?» The narrative follows that of the camgirl phenomenon, starting with the earliest experiments in own homecamming and finishing with the most recent kinds of id and neighborhood being articulated via social networking websites like reside magazine, YouTube, MySpace, and fb. it's grounded in interviews, functionality research of occasions transpiring among camgirls and their audience, and the author’s personal studies as an ersatz camgirl whereas carrying out the learn.
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3 All night, we had joked about the title of the panel. There seemed to be nothing our viewers were afraid to ask us, and nothing we were afraid to tell. “Queens of the over-share,” Eric pronounced us, his twangy laugh indicating he included himself as a princess among the royalty present. We were supposed to meet with Amanda of Amandacam4 and a camgirl I’ll call Allie—aybe they could help us figure out what we could possibly say to our viewers that they didn’t already know. Fighting my worst hangover in years, I open the hotel door a quarter inch to talk to the maid on the other side.
Douglas Holt argues that purveyors of postmodern brands today find themselves in the same situation as their modern brand predecessors: consumers now perceive them as dated, and don’t feel compatible with the ideologies behind them. At least as an aesthetic, counterculture is waning, irony is old, and verite (in real or faux form) is corporate. Everyone knows real amateurs are busy polishing their productions, not scuffing them up. Consumers, no longer bothered about the presence of advertising in their lives, now willingly volunteer (or are paid low wages) to engage in labor that was once the domain of the advertiser.
I quickly learned that Ducky’s definition of glamour (and sex, and fame, and community) was utterly her own. “I used to not interact with my fans much,” Ducky confessed. ” She continued: Figure 9. Ducky Doolittle. Courtesy Ducky Doolittle. indd 48 1/1/70 8:49:30 AM I’d Rather be a Camgirl than a Cyborg 49 But after opening up my chat room I have found out that I have a lot more female fans. And that my fans are much cooler and more intelligent than I ever imaged. I’ve fallen in love with them. Some nights I am the only pervert in my chat room!
Camgirls: celebrity and community in the age of social networks by Theresa M. Senft