"Eighteen-year-old Sadie Benning recorded thoughts and images, from 1989-92, of her nascent lesbianism with the help of a Fisher Price Pixelvision camera. Portrays the space of Sadie's bedroom, scrawled notes, and defiant expressions which mark her confessional, in-your-face style."
(Duke University Libraries)
Sadie Benning (1990). 'If Every Girl Had a Diary', video (black and white, sound), 8 min. Purchase. © 2011 Sadie Benning. Courtesy Video Data Bank
"DailyBooth is one big conversation about your life, through pictures. We're a community of self expression. We connect people to their friends in real-time through the use of pictures, exciting blurbs, and conversation starting picture comments."
Fig.1 Carlinn (Superficial Girls)
"A teenager committed suicide in front of a live webcam as 1,500 people watching online egged him on. Abraham Biggs, 19, told users on a bodybuilding forum he would be committing suicide that night and invited them to watch the live video. Forum moderators allegedly ignored the post - assuming it was a prank - while other users posted insults and even encouraged him. The teen used the 'lifecasting' website Justin.tv - designed to let users share the minutiae of their everyday lives - to stream footage from his bedroom.
Biggs, from Florida, was seen taking pills before lying on the bed with his back to the camera. Users claim they only realised it was serious a few hours later when they saw he wasn't breathing. Moderators then traced Biggs's location and informed authorities. The webcam was still streaming live footage of the teen's body as police entered the room yesterday. ...
His death echoes that of British man Kevin Whitrick, from Shropshire, who also killed himself in front of a webcam while at least 100 other people watched. ... The deaths have sparked a wave of concern following 17 internet-related suicides within the UK since 2001."
(Debra Killalea, 21st November 2008)
"[Melody] Oliveria created what's known on the Internet as a 'viral video' - something that spreads as fast as the flu and gets talked about just as much. Some viral videos are goofy; some are just strange. But an increasing number are of average people talking about products they like. It's the ultimate word of mouth.
'A lot of people who saw that video probably thought you were working for Logitech,' Hughes asked Oliveria. 'Some people asked me if I was working for them, figuring I was being paid for it, but I wasn't,' she said.
But after Oliveria's viral video explosion, sales of Logitech webcams more than doubled on Amazon.com.
That gets the attention of marketers, who last year spent [USD] $12 billion on Internet advertising - up 30 percent from the year before. This was an advertisement that got results … for free.
'There's that old phrase, if you can't beat them, join them. Well, marketers are trying to join them quite desperately,' says new media consultant Joseph Jaffe."
(John Kreiser, 4 August 2006)