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Aug 14, 2006 @ 10:01 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
Dominus


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Now gather round young'uns while gran'pa Dominus spins a yarn of olden times.

Okay, I'm hardly a grandpa in people terms, but in terms of computer tech I have been around a lot. In “computer years” I'm old enough to be dead and burried. When I first started using them, the hot new computers were the PET, the WANG and the Apple II. Mac hadn't even been conceived of yet, and the PC was still a baby. Languages like COBOL and Fortran were still common, and I used them.

Computers were still something that institutions owned, not people. For us nerds, to get your own computer was almost better than sex.

And to get online? That was hitting nirvana.

This was in the early days of the net, before the World Wide Web. When you spoke with someone, there wasn't such a thing as realtime voice, webcams, or even .jpg files. You had no idea of what that person looked like. All you had to go on was their personality.

This meant that you actually had to write something to communicate with people. If you didn't, then nobody spoke to you. If you lied, word spread you weren't to be trusted. Honesty was cred, speech was cred, and freedom of speech was everything.

So here's what I want to know. Now that we have pics, cams, microphones and graphics, are things actually better? To me, some people are simply hiding behind those things. Hiding behind a picture and not letting your real self show.

So would we be better off without all of this stuff? C'mon and sound off. I really want to get some opinions here.
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Aug 15, 2006 @ 12:15 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
Feast


Posts: 32
I think we are better now. Liars and all kinds of unworthy ppl will always exist. But for the ones that are for real and enjoy the cyber world we are way better now that we can see and hear the being behind the text. Thats how I fell about technology in general, it is never good or bad, only humans have such inclinations.
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Aug 15, 2006 @ 2:12 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
jennyjoanne


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mmm
MSN?
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Aug 15, 2006 @ 2:50 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
Dominus


Posts: 511
Okay, while I like feast's pint that it's all about how the technology is used (obviously someone who gets it) my point seems to be punctuated by jennyjoanne's post.

mmm
MSN?

What does that mean? How can anyone tell? It's not even a sentence, and neither are the essays she has in her profile at the time of this posting. Yet she has six photos up that tell us nothing about her. Except that she has blond streaks and boobs. There's no background, no caption, nothing to determine what she's like as a person at all. Unless as a person the only thing she wants you to know is that she has blond streaks and boobs.

If there were no pictures, she would need to describe herself. She would need to tell you more than "very horny and yea i just got MSN". She would become a person rather than a .jpg picture.

There are some people who argue that it's someone else's fault for not being the one that sparks a conversation with her.

Well, have you ever been to a party where it's dead? Where no one seems to have the balls to talk to anyone? It's dull as hell, until someone comes up and says "hi, I am {fill in your name} and I'd like to introduce myself." Going someplace that's a social setting (even online) and then acting like a wallflower is so juvenile it's not even high school. I remember those sorts of parties from middle school. I don't expect them from adults.

Hey, I'm sorry if I intoned jennyjoane is anything but a really fun, interesting and intelligent person. But how am I to know that from a boob shot and a kissy face?
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Aug 15, 2006 @ 11:38 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
youfirst_pa


Posts: 11
Great thread Dominus, I agree 100%.

Are you in my mind? I just posted something very fitting to this thread in my blog today...check it out for a good read. It's not very long, but I could go on for hours about it if I wanted to.

Although not as old as you in Computer age, I've been around for about 13 years now. I know exactly what you mean by the pre-www era. The days of top corporations having to pay dearly for being behind by paying outrageous amounts of money to individuals so they could have their own domain, because someone else had the bright idea to register say, pepsi.com before they did.

I also remember not too long ago that AMD would only give you a free 5 day trial that had no restrictions in contacting people. You think it's dead around here now....?

If you ask me, AMD needs to email all the users that were around back then and let them know this is no longer the case, and to invite them back. I could almost guarantee that would spice things up, as most of those users have forgotten about this site.

If they didn't purge the database when they changed the site around, they could still let the dormant users aware of the changes.
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Aug 16, 2006 @ 11:10 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
Adrenecrone


Posts: 33
I remember the old BBS's. (Slightly newer "old-school" than yourself.) My first computer was a IBM PS/2. I still have it.

I agree that there was defintely more valid content back when all we had to go on was text and ASCII art. Granted I was not much for dating when I was 10. However MUD'ing was a hobby of mine and got to know some great people in the boards.

I feel slightly cheated by the gross amount of information out there today. It is like more and more content is being generated as filler for the pictures and sounds in the pages and in software.

A profile can be graphically oriented, it can have all the pre-generated responses, and still be empty. To me it seems more and more people are relying on techonology to do their speaking for them.

Don't even get me started on the outdated and annoying 1337.

PS. If you can read the following message me.

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Aug 17, 2006 @ 6:26 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
ponme


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Adren you geek... yeah, Ima geek too.

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I don't know if anyone is lying more or hiding more than before www it's just easier to contact them.
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Aug 19, 2006 @ 7:14 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
Adrenecrone


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Aug 19, 2006 @ 10:44 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
Dominus


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BinByte ASCII geeking aside, let me ask this:

Do geeks have better sex? I think the fact that they tend to display higher levels of competency, knowledge base, and attention to detail would indicate yes.

But what do I know? I'm just a bag of water that talks.
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Aug 23, 2006 @ 6:11 AM Sex, lies and webcams    
Adrenecrone


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^ it's true he is a carbon based bag of mostly water.

Of course geeks have better sex.

To quote the great nerd prophet Robert Carradine "All jocks think about is sports, all nerds think about is sex."
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Aug 23, 2006 @ 1:43 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
Dominus


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Great movie quote!
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Sep 5, 2006 @ 9:39 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
aftershox


Posts: 51
I have died and gone to heaven!

Give me a someone with a really huge sex organ ( a brain) and this gal can go to nirvana and back at Warp 9!

I despise empty essays. ppl with no imagination.

To every thing there is a season, a time and a place. While the real thing is king, the written word, with alot of one handed typing (bad-spelnig nad all) can set the mind's eye on a journey that a video and some unintlligible grunts and heavy breathing simply can't match. The typed scenarios can be anywhere doing anything aith any number of ppl you can conjure up).

But phone sex, cams and pics also have their place.
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Sep 7, 2006 @ 5:25 AM Sex, lies and webcams    
chancerdevil


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U know I think that nerds have become more accepted in to mordern culture, and it's now possible to be accepted by both comunities like myself, I'm not of age to fully understand binary code, and haven't moved on to serious programing yet but I claim to be yes both a jock and a nerd. I play all kind of sports (football or soccer to some of you, American football or plain old football, basketball, badminton, and soon equestrian), so yeah I love sport and keeping fit, it also results in me feeling comfortbale with my body and weight even though I only weigh 9 1/2 stone, (and let me tell you muscular tone does alot for ones confidence). I am also heavily into technology I'm always looking for the newest gadget or whatever, I spend an awful lot of time online and plan on increasing my typing speed by going on a touch typing course. I think it's great that modern culture has accepted both as equals.
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Sep 7, 2006 @ 8:00 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
JJN4Fun


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I have to agree with you, Dominus. Without descriptive words, a picture does very little to tell someone who you are - what you're all about. And, while a picture can certainly add to the number of responses (or just views) that you get, sometimes it does more to cause problems than make things easier. I took the time to honestly write about myself to let people know what I'm all about (which, despite the fact that I'm on an adult personals site, is not only sex - hence, my decision to refrain from answering sex-related questions on the essay).

The problem I've had with posting my pictures - none of which are beyond a G rating - is that people look at the pictures and don't read my words. So, I have been inundated with emails and winks from men who have no interest whatsoever with a full-figured woman, a Bi-racial woman, a tall woman, or a woman with kids, simpy because they found me attractive in my pictures. What good does it do to write when people don't take the time to READ?

None-the-less, I am not discouraged. I have met several nice men online over the years and feel it's a fantastic way to meet new people. People are going to lie whether it's on the internet or in person; the internet has nothing to do with that. People don't like BECAUSE they are annonymous, they lie because they are afraid to tell the truth. What's new about that?

On a different note, my first computer was a Commodore 64. Most people I know don't even know what those were! I'm not a geek, but I'm definately more knowledgable about computers than the average user. Hmmmm...perhaps I'm a geek-wannabe? :)
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Sep 7, 2006 @ 8:02 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
JJN4Fun


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Correction: ...People don't lie BECAUSE they are annonymous, they lie because they are afraid to tell the truth...

My apologies for the typo!
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Sep 22, 2006 @ 7:49 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
canuhelpme258


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I've only had a computer about six years. If not for the digital recording thing, I still wouldn't have one.
I would venture to say it's not the technology, but the prolification of it. When the technology was devoloping. When you had to rely soley on a person's personality, the pool of people to talk to was shallow. As the pool broadened and more people "got online" you became exposed to a wider cross section of the the population. When you consider the number of computers sold in America alone, it explains a lot. And the ease of use as well. If all you have to do is type in www.google.com and search for key words, it's to easy to use.
The more people there are, the greater the chance of running accross dishonest people there are. Logic dictates the trend will increase until the honest people give up and leave the www. to the liars.

I'm assuming we're not broaching the subject of "false advertisement" and using other's pictures as our own are we? Or the whole is that cock real or photo shopped? (There's a new verb to go with googling lol)
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Sep 29, 2006 @ 11:15 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
JJN4Fun


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Logic dictates the trend will increase until the honest people give up and leave the www. to the liars.

Hell no, we won't go!

Norma Rae! Norma Rae!
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Oct 2, 2006 @ 7:49 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
sundance64


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It seems that on this site, most people are more apt to be open then on some others. As far as pics, I had one posted, but was asked to take it down...I was recognized by a friend of my son's . I definitely read the essays, and will usually pass up a profile that has no essay or something short and easy like" luv to fuck" under all the headings. Likewise a profile with nothing but pics of a penis! Come on guys! The rest is important too!
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Oct 2, 2006 @ 9:45 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
JJN4Fun


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I was recognized by a friend of my son's

The same thing happened to me! Oh well, the cat's out of the bag...so to speak!

...Likewise a profile with nothing but pics of a penis! Come on guys! The rest is important too!

Thank you! Don't get me wrong - some of the pictures are very..nice :)...but it's not the first thing I care to see. Eyes are good ;) How about a nice Pepsodent smile? I know, I'm so hardcore...
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Oct 2, 2006 @ 11:21 PM Sex, lies and webcams    
ponme


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I would even prefer the i love to fuck postings to the ask me later.. is that supposed to intrigue me? nah it turns me off..
as for the sffffffdk thing? why did you even bother filling out the damned thing?
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