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Two Articles in Colombian Media

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Two links to articles in Columbian magazine Semana which quote my ideas about Peep Culture.

Here’s an article on the rise of online-spying-as-entertainment:

original article here. as translated by google here.

And here’s an article about surveillance, crime prevention and what happens when shocking surveillance footage becomes entertainment:

original article here. as translated by google here.


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Peep My ‘Pplication

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Tufts University wins the award for realizing that not only is the college admission process grinding and nerve-wracking, it’s also highly entertaining for the rest of us! So Tufts has done the right thing, giving their applicants the opportunity to include a one minute posted-to-YouTube video with their application, as documented in this New York Times article

Now thousands can watch these wannabe admitted students do whatever they think they need to do to get noticed. Before we get to the videos, which I will helpfully embed below of course, let’s think about a few things.

First, Tufts screwed up: why give YouTube this juicy material? If they’d set it up so the kids were posting to the Tufts website, they’d be drawing hundreds of thousands of eyeballs to their site and reaping the rewards, not Google.

Second, it’s a great precedent for anything that where one side holds all the power (think reality tv): make them do a video (a Peep Pplication) and tell them it only counts if they post it publically on the ‘Net. You get attention, they get laughed at, we’re entertained and the appropriate commercial messages are displayed a the appropriate intervals.

This is essentially an ancillary business model that could be applied to cash strapped schools, publishing houses with better reputations than bottom lines, blue chip talent agents who want to make money on the side…heck, even charities can employ this technique: make the needy beg online for their handout in the name of keeping us amused, and generating cash flow for those lucky enough to have shown how very desperately they need the help. (Wait a minute, they’re already doing this!)


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Peep in the News: ChatRoulette

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Everything I think I’ve hit the ultimate peep phenomenon, the one thing that totally conveys everything there is to convey about Peep Culture, something new comes up.

In this case, it’s ChatRoulette, a site that is spawning all kinds of articles, blog posts and states of excitement. On ChatRoulette you are connected to a random human being somewhere, anywhere, with a webcam. You stare at each other. You chat or, more likely, someone hits next.

Here’s a good piece that basically describes the experience.

Is ChatRoulette the Future of the Internet or Its Distant Past- -- New York Magazine_1266949461151

Obviously ChatRoulette is pure Peep – you watch, interact, take what you can out of someone else’s life (while giving what you can of yours) and then you change the channel before you get bored or sucked in. This isn’t the future of the ‘net it’s the future of pop culture – more immediate, more interactive, more compelling, more fun, more disturbing, than anything they could ever green light in some corporate board room. And, like all things Peep, this particular entertainment phenomenon raises far more questions – moral, social, existential – than most of us want to deal with in the course of trying to have some fun without leaving the house.

Here are some screen-shots from a BuzzFeed page that feature a ton of ChatRoulette images.







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Hal live today on Wisconsin Public Radio

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Hey everyone, I’ll be discussing Peep Culture and taking calls on Wisconsin Public Radio today at 11 am est. Listen in online at http://www.wpr.org/



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Deathmatch Semi-Final is Neck in Neck in Final Stretch

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Wow, with just the weekend to go for voting, it’s Abel’s story of drugs and an angry man-bear at 51% and Dupcak’s tale of drugs, sex and performance art at 49%. What a round! North America’s no-holds-barred short story contest continues! Go read the stories and vote right now at the Broken Pencil Indie Writers Deathmatch!


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