Using auto-response, the bots are subject to well-defined algorithms, rules of sociality and expected reactions, even when no one is there.Where have all the humans migrated in the wake of this virus? This is the result of a pathetic strategy; if it is only they and the bots, then the sole female is uncontested. Chat, but others like Chat Avenue, whose adult (i.e., sex) room refreshes at such a rapid pace that conversation is made impossible.Stepping outside the walls of this global village, in search of a return to the individual, nomadic cyber surfers of an earlier networked era seems counter intuitive to the branding and marketing of our digital , but with the eruption of online spaces which facilitate anonymity, or the stranger, and an increase in privacy concerns, it appears that more and more users are experiencing an identity crisis –but which one? Chat, once a thriving enclave, is like a living monument to another era, a ghost town overrun not by chatters per se, but by chatbots.
One can’t help but imagine bot-2-bot conversation, an endless loop of automated responses, ad infinitum.It becomes blindingly clear who is real and who is not based on various elements of the both the user’s chat handle as well as their vernacular.The architecture of a previous period fostered a certain behavior, in the form of pseudonymity, just as the current social web fosters publicity.But the differences can still be seen today, as Lanier explains: Participants in Second Life (a virtual online world) are generally not quite as mean to one another as are people posting comments to Slashdot (a popular technology news site) or engaging in edit wars on Wikipedia, even though all allow pseudonyms. This name soon had a history, it represented me as an individual, and it sometimes said more with one word or phrase about my likes and dislikes than any profile could.Not surprisingly, it is worth noting that a few in Yahoo! One-liners and introductions are all that remain as the majority male user sits back to compete for the rare, “amateur” female. The goal is no longer (not to be confused with a sext in mobile culture), which has become insufficient; instead, it is the hunt for the human female, and the possible webcam to follow, which inspires the male user of these dead zones.
Engaged in a complicated form of necrophilia, the user hopes to find a sex partner in a cemetery.In reaction to the over-publicity of the self (which one could argue is in itself violent and pornographic in its own self-serving way) as conditioned by the social web, users have flocked to the other extreme of pure anonymity, preferring to live under the more anarchic conditions facilitated by 4chan for the sake of maintaining a level of power and control over their own privacy and identity.For these users 4chan is empowerment; 4chan is honest.I remember a time when the Internet of the ‘90s was filled with various spaces of sociality, catering to specialized categories and celebrities, likes and dislikes, somewhat chaotic and inundated with an overuse of graphics and early animation –it was a space to get lost in.Users created and maintained identities with meaningful usernames and chat handles, or pseudonyms.It is accepted practice that we are to monitor our daily digital interactions as if our life depended on it, and indeed, often it does.