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When are We Allowed to Watch Porn Together?

John, an account from 2003:  “Myself and three friends were gawking at a screen, layered with the image-search results of “boobs”, “penis”, “pussy”, “sex”, and “hardcore XXX porn”.  Our friend’s younger brother stood at the door as a lookout. His head bounced between the stairs a few meters away and the screen of my friend’s family computer. We consumed so much porn in 15 minutes. We also managed to integrate enough porn plug-ins, viruses, and videos into the operating system to render it unusable without seeing layers of genitalia on startup.” My rare memories of viewing porn with someone always ended tragically. Pornographic media is abundant yet our experiences of it in public are dealt with motherly scoldings and reinforced taboos. Porn remains a private form of media. No, porn remains an activity that no one ever does, most of the time. Without a doubt, it will remain that way for some time, with or without regulation bodies prohibiting videos that show people having sex online (Lawstuff NSW, 2015). Yes,  you read that right, online porn is not …

The Experience of TV in Sierra Leone, Guinée, and Australia

I recorded a conversation with Mikhail about his life and the moments TV intersects it. Mikhail has experienced three distinct relationships to viewing TV, that have been formed in three separate countries; Sierra Leone, Guinée, and Australia.  Mikhail starts with his birth place, Sierra Leone. Mikhail grew up with nine siblings in a small house, that required them to all share one double bed. Mikhail recalls his childhood to me with amusement and an awareness of the differences he had compared to mine. “You sleep on a bed, don’t you? I don’t.” Even though Mikhail lives with his girlfriend in Sydney he still feels more comfortable sleeping on the floor or the couch. “My girlfriend thinks I’m crazy” he says. “That’s a little crazy.” I say. Mikhail’s life was crazy. He grew up during the 10-year civil war that periled the country. The thought played in my memories of the movie Blood Diamond starring Leonardo Di Caprio. For him, he doesn’t count those years. Mikhail believes he’s still in his 20s, despite the scars across his body inflicted during the …

How to make 1,000,000 online friends

(image, via blog.poptropica.com) I made 1,000,000 online friends in a year when I was 15, kinda. I knew some of their real life names, and I only talked in private with a few. So, these weren’t necessarily ‘friends’. I made a site called: Poptropica Help Blog, which became the number one community for the game Poptropica. I no longer run the site but it’s still dedicated to news, guides, and speculation, surrounding the game. And the community continues to grow. Poptropica is a multiplayer game where children solve island mysteries in a ‘safe space’. The creators limit the risk of harm by controlling an avatar’s interactions with other avatars. Your child can not choose their avatars name. Character creation generates a name of a random adverb and a noun e.g. Scary Tomato and Spotted Dragon. I later found a loophole in the name generation and changed my avatar name to Codien. It felt awesome. Conversations between avatars are preprogrammed to ‘quirky’ questions. Like: Am I a duck? You could only respond with Yes, No or …