REFERENCE – Bolter, Jay and Grusin, Richard, 2000. Immediacy, Hypermediacy, and Remediation. In Remediation -Understanding New Media. Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press.
It is arguable that jenniCAM.com and CAMchicks.com never existed. More importantly perhaps in reference to the article essay above, it would be far more interesting if they never did and had been created as digital images to execute an interface for the debates around the issues that these websites raise, for Jenni represented an Avatar for some, a fetishistic opportunity for others and over time became the metaphoric circus bear dragged through the modern day digital circus of spectacles.
From the archives of these now defunct websites, we are told of the fascination and revelations which occurred throughout the “life” of these people on display. The photo realism or filmic realism desire of computer graphic programmers could have created these spectacle websites that demonstrate both the immediacy (e.g. when Jenni was asked to perform tasks early in her “broadcasts”), the Hypermediacy (blog options,timed photo real entries) and the Remediation (www interface, point of view camera positioning within the domestic domain).
Jean Baudrillard once described his drive through America as being like a video game. A simulation of the real because of the inherent cultural signifiers and the signified that he recognised and himself represented. He knew how to behave in America (how to sit at a bar, order a beer etc..) but when he actually did do so, it was a simulated reality based on a preconception which therefore rendered his entire trip hallucinatory, or rather, it felt like a simulation of a video game that he was in. Watching JenniCAM now – if it were to be re-introduced -could have the same effect because post Big Brother, “Reality” TV shows we are now often simulating activities (rather than experiencing them) that simply instill an impression upon the mediated presentations.
The veracity of the information (e.g. Jenni is real or invented?) is an irrelevance to the spectator / viewership precisely because of the format of presentation or re-representation. This is what I would like to discuss in webinar session. – JS