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The reality is that so much of what we do, especially when viewed through the stationary lens of a webcam, is mundane.In fact, the sheer ordinariness of our day-to-day routines can be seen as protection, a way to inoculate against privacy invasion by turning the Big Brother eye on yourself.Unlike sites that thrive on user-contributed content or taste-tailored recommendations, Opentopia operates on Web 1.0 principles: The site aggregates streaming webcams in a single place, presented without comment.
“They would hang out in the chat room on the Internet bench as if they were there and just chat with each other.” Some of the feeds on Opentopia are the usual cutesy Internet suspects, like the camera in the cat room of DOGSASPEN, an animal shelter in Colorado, which offers a kind of scavenger hunt to find the sly creatures.
He knows the cameras are for the people watching them, not for the cats and dogs in front of them.
“The animals could care less whether they’re on camera or not,” Sachson says.
* * * Then again, some people could care less whether they’re on camera or not.
As we start living more of our lives online, do our “real” lives become less compelling to watch?