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The future never comes looking like it used to. Science fiction's universal hallmark of technological advancement was the videophone. While you can buy a device as slick as a Gene Roddenberry prop, most people make video calls with the same thing they do a thousand other things with, using a streamlined version of the computer-camera-modem combo that Jennifer Ringley set up in her dorm room in 1996. Her site JenniCam (now archived) did not stream a live feed of her life. It updated still images— black-and-white, at first— every three minutes. Traffic leapt whenever word spread that Ringley was undressing, or having sex with her boyfriend. But JenniCam was never meant to be an illicit site. As Ringley explained, she was broadcasting everyday life, and in everyday life sex and nudity happen. Her webcam was like a piece of furniture, a mirror that blankly took in the image of the room it faced. It was connected to the line of the telephone, a device that philosopher Avital Ronnell has described as a superhumanizing prosthesis, a machine that empowers the ear and voice to operate across great distances. The webcam's mirror/telephone hybrid— as used by JenniCam and its lifecasting progeny, from to Chatroulette— is a messy sort of videophone that captures a reflection at its physical location and disperses it to whatever channel that switches the packets.

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Are you a dance blogger or someone interested in checking out other dance blogs? I invite you to get involved in a new initiative: Dance Bloggers


Shortly after I started blogging, I found the desire and the need to follow other dance blogs on a regular basis. I was eager to discover other dance bloggers and connect with them; I hoped that online, I might find a community feeling similar to what I had always enjoyed in the studio.Three issues arose as I explored the dance blogosphere from my initial vantage point:* It wasn’t always easy to find dance bloggers, even though we exist.* Once I found other dance bloggers, following their posts by entering their sites individually or sorting through my feed reader became very time consuming and tiring.* I still wanted to connect more easily to other dance bloggers and readers - especially since I was halfway around the world from most of the people I met online!I hope to see these issues resolved through the introduction of a new website that is bringing dance bloggers together: Especially if you have your own blog covering dance, I urge you to read on and submit your blog.What is is a central hub for people who blog about dance in English. The site will help dance bloggers connect and follow the dance blogosphere; it will also allow people interested in dance and blogging to learn more about the field.How does Dance Bloggers operate?This site will aggregate feeds from participating dance blogs. The beginnings of each participating blog’s posts will automatically be displayed on the main page; when someone clicks on a post to read more, he or she will be redirected to the original blog. All participating blogs will have links in the “Contributors” section of our sidebar and in the Dance Bloggers Directory.What can you gain by tuning in to Dance Bloggers?* Follow: Subscribe to daily e-mails featuring teasers of posts from many dance blogs.* Connect: Become a friend of Dance Bloggers to connect and share thoughts on our wall (just like in Facebook).* Participate: If you are also a dance blogger, you can submit your blog and gain visibility.Want to support Dance Bloggers?Please share this with your friends via e-mail and Facebook!Full disclosure and thanks: My partner Tal and I started Dance Bloggers. Edited from my original post on Dance In Israel.I’m also grateful to Kristin Sloan and The Winger - a collection of dance professionals blogging on one site - which first hooked me into the larger dance blogosphere.
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