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Big Brother online…even ghosts pitch in!

Well, I love keeping track of the latest evolutions in cyberspace. I enjoy technology and computers, waste lots of time reading up on it and the newest Internet hypes. A week or so ago I wrote a blog article on Blogger about The ultimate blogger. People who broadcast live 24/7 on the Internet, in true Big Brother style, are the new hype so to say in cyberspace. We all know portals like Stickam were you can broadcast yourself live as an ‘entertainer’ or simply video-chat with other members whenever we feel like it. But, a new project called justin.tv is taking it to the next step…

The father of the project is Justin Kan. He started out with a pilot project with just his own streaming channel, later many others joined and in the end became a succes, receiving media attention worldwide.

The biggest star of justin.tv is Justine Ezarik with her channel ijustine

Here is an interview with her about her viral video about her 300 pages iphone bill:

When I first blogged about it, I was somewhat sceptical of the whole ordeal. I am far from a Big Brother fan or anything remotely like it. But since writing about it for the first time, I checked her channel now and then. And I have to say: I liked it. It’s not like Big Brother at all. It’s real. No missions to do, just her everyday life. And you as an Internet citizen can follow her to the store, when she goes out to buy a coffee, and so on and so on…

I’m not a regular viewer, but it’s great to kill time when I am bored. It’s fun, it keeps me occupied and the fact that she can be really funny helps too.

Everything is being recorded and broadcast live on the Internet for all to see, but some might ask themselves: How? Well, technical details and more information on justin.tv are here.

Personally I prefer to watch Justine Ezarik her channel, but of course there are many more out there. Some of them even have a blog!

I now and then drop by Sarah Meyers. She’s a video journalist and even has a blog right here on WordPress

And lest we forget, Justin – the founder of justin.tv – also has a channel. He casts a live feed behind the scenes of his project. You can watch it here!

The entire on-line project follows the idea of sousveillance, which means recording an event or activity from the participant of the event.

Now, this entire phenomenon I found extremely fascinating. It has already been compared with edtv of the movie The Truman show. And to be honest, it reminds me of it. It REALLY reminds me of it. In The Truman show the main character (played by Jim Carrey) is the focal-point of a soap opera TV-show based around his life. And it was a popular show at that. Is our society becoming like the one in The Truman show. Is reality TV really that interesting, I don’t know… I normally don’t watch and now look at me. Why is this so fascinating? Perhaps because we can recognize ourselves in it, because it’s so close to our everyday lives or perhaps it is the secret desire many people have, to know what our neighbour is doing. Or one of our friends or a stranger on the street. Perhaps it’s just mere curiosity that is part of us being human. Who knows?

But there is more on justin.tv than just the lives of the living. Even ghosts and ‘the shadow people’ have found their way to the Internet and have now joined the life-casting (or dead-casting?) society.

You can follow a team during their ‘paranormal investigations’ on-line on the livescifi channel. And as you know, everything with the word sci-fi attracts my undivided attention. And yes, they have even put video fragments on the Internet of ‘shadow men’. Is it real? I don’t know. I leave that to you to decide, but there is something there for sure. Weird… Here is it:

Here is some more information on the shadow people or shadow beings

There, that is everything I wanted to mention in this post. Oh no wait… I’m not done yet. Here is something else. The naked cowboy has his own channel too!

You can watch it here


September 6, 2007 Posted by | entertainment, internet, video | 2 Comments

Stars meet their fate… younger

According to a new study Rock and Pop stars are twice as likely to die young than the general population.

The study took into account the deaths in the Rock/Pop scene during the last fifty years in both Europe aswell as the United States. During that time about 100 famous musicians died, most of the deaths were to blame on long-term effects of alcohol abuse and assorted drug problems. In the research well known names pop up such as Jimmy Hendrix who died from a cocktail of alcohol and nine sleeping pills or Jimmy Morrison who died of a suspected heroin overdose.

North American stars seem to die a little older than the European stars. But after about 25 years of becoming famous, the European stars return to the death rates of the general population, while the North American stars continue to suffer from high death rates according to the study.

And what is the cause of this higher death rate? Most likely the wild lifestyle stars tend to have, involving alcohol, drugs, …

This reminds me of the news reports we have been seeing lately of such stars as Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, such as this one:

An article on Lindsay Lohan about driving under influence.

What really struck me about all of this, is the fact that during the research it also came to light that a new Rock/Pop star is twice as likely to die during the first five years of becoming famous. It would seem that glitter and glamour are to be paid with the ultimate price. When I was young I – just like many others no doubt- dreamed of becoming rich and famous. Just the idea of driving through Hollywood in a limo and being able to get anything I want, being adored everywhere I went, was exciting to me. It would be ‘to die for’. Now, I would think twice before considering a career in show-business. I might not have an exciting life nowadays. But it sure beats laying in a coffin any day of the week.

But would I wind up like this? Or you for that matter? I always wonder what causes this. How do you turn out like this, and why is not every celebrity suffering from substance abuse problems. I honestly don’t know how this can be. Perhaps it’s because these stars have everything already and are looking for a new kick. Something to do, to experience. Or perhaps they want to forget their personal problems, that on top of it all are being exposed to the entire world because of the press. How would you feel I you get a divorce and everything is followed by the entire world and every word you speak recorded, picked apart and used against you? How would you feel if everything you said is a reason to be ridiculed. Perhaps, it’s not really the fault of the stars themselves, but because of the society we live in and how we deal with people. Or in case of celebrities, how we don’t deal with them. They are being treated not as people…But as both gods and lowlife at the same time. One day they are it and everybody wants them, the other day their name is dragged through the mud and their faces plastered over the internet and tv…

Here is something I found on Youtube about the death of Jimmy Hendrix, just wanted to share it with you:

September 5, 2007 Posted by | entertainment, music, video | 1 Comment