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I Love You, Let's Meet » more on speed-dating over Webcam plus Jennifer Egan shout-out

more on speed-dating over Webcam plus Jennifer Egan shout-out

I’m less of a fuddy-duddy than the Gray Lady on this one: Of COURSE you can’t make a meaningful connection in a “brief, Web-brokered Internet chat session” — duh. But you get the info you get online plus the let’s-face-it-important information of how he looks and sounds in motion.

Since I last posted, I saw Skype for the first time. A couple friend of mine who’s separated use it every night, and I was over visiting one of them when they Skyped. The Times guy is right that it wasn’t a flattering picture, but it is better than nothing. Interestingly, I got the sense that these lovebirds do their phone sex over the regular phone rather than flashing each other on the Webcams.

Re the Times guy’s objection that Webcams invite exhibitionism, again, duh, and so what. My gay hairdresser told me that in his, er, circles, everyone has their Webcam pointed downwards and just cuts right to the chase. I asked if there was the technology for a wider-angle shot, so you could get face and body in one frame, and he wrinkled his nose and said, “What kind of weirdo would want his face in the shot?”

Here’s another blogger who’s with me, for slightly different reasons.

On the subject of exhibitionism, relationship to images, identity, etc., I just finished Jennifer Egan’s 2001 novel Look at Me, and wildly recommend it. I feel so lame that I’m just now getting around to reading her novels, in order, as it turns out; I loved The Invisible Circus, then devoured Look at Me, and am very excited for the new one The Keep.

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