Words

An incomplete collection of published written texts:

Online Ethnographic Project: Negotiating Identities in a Randomized Video-chat

A two-week-long online ethnographic exploration of identity-play within the now-defunct ChatRoulette.

‘What is a nice girl like you doing on ChatRoulette, anyway?’
The first time I heard about the randomized video-chat, an acquaintance was boasting on
Facebook about having encountered a ‘real pedophile’ on the site. Soon afterwards, a few other
friends started talking about ‘going on ChatRoulette’ sporadically. As a burgeoning anthropologist
with a special interest in the social aspects of cyberspace, my interest was piqued. One night, I
covered my webcam with a crumpled napkin and began my journey into the relative unknown.