Monday, January 07, 2008

Webcam misanthropy

The picture from the right is a screenshot for SightSpeed, some sort of video chat thingy I read about on Mashable.

Yawn. But check out the screenshot and tell me if you share my reaction to the cheery ensemble—namely, a strong desire to drown the lot of them or—if that pleasure is denied me—to banish the window as fast as possible.

A bunch of gorgeous 20-something actors* playing "office," sipping water, sitting too close together and laughing—is there anything more odious? Will somebody older and uglier please barge in and fire these flesh mannequins?

Does anyone see this and see anything other than money wasted and good-looking people pretending? Does this stuff still work on the internet? Aren't we beyond this?

I was hoping to tie this into LibraryThing's heroic avoidance of little square profile pictures, of the home page festooned with bibliophile hotties, of book website clip art of attractive non-readers reading in unlikely poses. But you get the picture.

*There remains the possibility that these people actually work for SightSpeed—engineers, systems administrators and so forth. If so, can I short this company?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/07/2008 11:08 PM  
Blogger jmnlman said...

Now if they were mostly naked it would make more sense after all we all know what this thing is going to be used for in the real world.

1/08/2008 12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to see the babes of LibraryThing, fully clothed even.

I wouldn't object to guys of LibraryThing either though I'm too frightening to be one of them.

1/08/2008 1:53 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

I have to say, one of my objections to profile pictures is just the *space* they take up, both physical and mental. You put them on a page and dammit, my eye goes to the cute girl every time. (And I'm no longer in my teens, people.) I don't need that kind of distraction. I don't read books with little 30x30 pixel photos of people in them.

1/08/2008 1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder I can't get a decent iPod download system, don't even mention the "C" word (Collections, dream on). Just Jim.

1/08/2008 7:16 AM  
Blogger Kath said...

These looks exactly like a screen shot from a workplace harassment video all the employees at my company had to watch. It was quite insipid.

1/08/2008 1:50 PM  
Blogger Scurvy Jake said...

It's racially diverse AND full of beautiful people! How can it not sell???

How much are our souls worth, anyway?

1/08/2008 2:01 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I think it's a powerful argument *for* sexual harassment—telling sexy people to get lost, anyway.

1/08/2008 2:38 PM  
Anonymous RonK said...

Don't hate them cause they're pretty! They can't help it - think of it as a disability. Something to be accomodated rather than something... else.


1/08/2008 5:34 PM  
Blogger Casey Durfee said...

At least they didn't use Everywhere Girl...

1/09/2008 12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have something similar that I used with my logitech. I bought this cool gadget called a gv-600 dvr card from these guys,

It turns my PC into a bad-a$$ video surveillance server - I can check on my junk anytime I want when I have internet access.


3/25/2008 12:48 PM  

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