Wow, my friend just sms-ed me at 10pm tonight and said: sbs now! And voila, there were two people I kind of knew on television!!!!!!! The documentary about camgirls featured my colleague from New York, Terri and Ana, a webcam girl who has been around forever and is well known by veterans of the internet.
This Canadian documentary examines women that live in front of their web-cameras. The new digital generation of women in cyberspace talk about taking on old ideas, fame, shame, opening up a space for new art forms, virtual pornography and internet celebrity. Some of the pioneers and outlaws of the femcam frontier are Ducky, sexologist and burlesque queen; Dionne, ethical porn producer; Ana Voog, the first art/life webcam; and Terri, internet cultural critic. They reveal the world of micro-celebrity and cyberloving. These girls reveal the leading edge of a newly emerging woman-run internet culture.
If you missed the program and want to watch it, Ana has linked to the documentary in digital download format and you can buy it from CineClix for US$6.
Terri has a book coming out later in 2005 with Peter Lang: Camgirls: Webcams, LiveJournals and the Personal as Political in the age of the global brand. I read some draft chapters last year and its absolutely amazing - and so well theorised. I am really looking forward to reading the final released version.