So I got the new webcame to skype and roll20 game with my son now that he's moved, and I Thought, ya know what? I wanna say hello to the world. Omegle, here I come! So I loaded it up. Now, I FULLY expected to run into a lot of pervyness. I went into it with the realization I will see things, there is no way around that, the next button is my friend. But I had it in my head that there were other normal people who just wanted to talk to the world, and after I waded through the unspeakable things, I would find and chat with interesting people. But it seems like the ENTIRE thing was unspeakable things.
And it makes me really sad.
Random video chat is a lifechanging technology. It has the power to connect people around the world, to talk, meet, share their lives and stories, educate each other about different places of the world, and learn the truths in the world for yourself through contact instead of media. And we've let it languish into some sort of perverts only waste. We could change the world here, and we just...don't. I wouldn't even mind wading through the random body parts and weirdness if it meant there would be gems of awesome somewhere. I"m an adult, I can push the next button and not be irreparably harmed. But there was nothing no matter how many times I nexted. If you are under 18, stay off these things, even the ones rated 13+ the users really don't care.
So my webcam sits off quietly, until someone I know someday might also get a webcam other than my son. And I'm still lonely at night hwen it's quiet, and I could have spent that time broadening my understanding of the world, and I think I"M a little mad at the world for not being there. To tell me why Togo is an awesome place, why I need to fight pollution to try to save the Maldives from vanishing because they have this awesome thing, what this custom I don't understand is all about, or to answer any question they have about american weirdness. Lonely turtle.