I know this is only the Internet, but the Internet is real, isn’t it? I mean it is a tangible object. We can touch it, see it, hear it. One sense that is not yet included in our Internet experience is smell.
In some respects that is a real mitzvah — an act of human kindness. I don’t want to imagine what kinds of smells or aromas may assault our olafactory system if such technology was available right now. I am sure there would be evil lurking around every corner. On the positive side of “smellovision” would be the ability to experience enjoyable smells. Imagine what a hay-day admen/women would have with this? If I owned a restaurant, you can be sure I’d be posting banner ads all over the place with the enticing aromas that would come out of my kitchen in real life to grab the attention of future patrons.
Grocery stores might be invaded at strange hours after an ad ran with the “smellovision” feature prompting people to go right to the store to pick up the advertised food product. I mean think about it. It happens now without the ability to smell or taste what we see on Television, the Internet orprinted publications, so I can only imagine it would be exponentially exaggerated with smell and/or taste.
A look back at some summertime food videos. This time, Sausage and Peppers Napolitano
And Another Thing
All this brings up another observation I’ve made today. I was in a few rooms lurking this afternoon. It’s something I do often. I am always tempted to “speak up,” but if I’m “made,” it can be detrimental to my blogging health. So I just hang out in a room, see what’s going on, sit on my hands and leave before I lose to temptation.
What I saw this morning was really no different from any other day in my past 230 JTV days, but for some reason it made me cock my head. I was in a room of a beautiful young East Coast caster with talent. She sings, she cooks, she’s got looks. Should I be jealous? Sure. But, that’s not what I am here to talk about. What I noticed was the banter in the room by some of the chatters I have “hung out with” or have chatted with in various rooms around the network. I have seen this phenomenon across the service. A person I thought I “knew” says things that are so totally out of character, or at least different from the character I have come across during our interactions together.
It’s nothing bad. Nothing terribly negative, just a reminder that we truly — I mean really — absolutely — don’t know who the heck we are “speaking” with from behind the monitor. And that’s just the people that we see chatting in the names we are familiar with. How many are in rooms with us using different usernames … names we don’t link to the name they introduced themselves to us with? It’s all so mysterious and intriguing to me.
After seeing some of the conversations I’ve observed in numerous rooms recently, I am left to wonder what the person’s true personality is. Lust-filled single guy or conservative, genteel, married man? The same question holds true for the female gender.
Earlier, someone was saying that I am a very open minded person. I am not sure I am any more open minded than the average person, but one thing I know I am is real. I don’t put on airs. I don’t act one way around some people and another in different situations. I am not good at the fake, phony, pretend to be — game. I can only be me. It’s how I write as well and why I think I struggle to finish any novel I have ever started to pen. I run out of the real me and am challenged to write something totally fabricated. I don’t know how to “be” someone I am not. Going into a room and pretending to be someone else seems like way too much work. I wonder if it’s really just laziness that prevents me from getting caught up in the multiple personality thing on JTV or just the knowledge that I would screw up the lie about 1/2 way through the charade and have to throw my hands up in frustration and embarrassment and walk away?
We’ve all noticed changes to the JTV user interface this weekend and there is much chatter about it. There are questions about the functionality of the page and the site and of course complaints. There will always be complaints from people when there is change. I find the profile feature easy to use, although I am not exactly sure how the Fans vs. Favorites works yet, but it seems more clearly designed than the other social networking sites. I don’t understand how the schedule feature works on the Front Page. I have a schedule, but don’t see it listed, so that is confusing. The only thing I see listed is a church service. I’ll send a note to the guys when I’m done here to find out what’s up.
I see Bradman’s broadcast running in the Live Channels section and wonder how his show is the one featured? It does not appear to be based on viewer count because clearly there are other channels at the moment with more viewers than his — Female Fight Club being one of them. Eeeek! Female Fight Club? Well, I am not one for male fighting either, so I don’t imagine I will ever spend time in that room.
So, I click on the Most Viewerse tab and featured at the top is a room with 3 teens. I go into the room and there are 140-ish viewers and most seem to be kiddies and pervs. People are giving their phones numbers in the room. Apparently the girls asked for numbers to call. To me, it seems like a disater waiting to happen. I can’t imagine any of these girl’s parents being happy about what’s going on in here. Of course some of the numbers are just random numbers and the girls are calling and waking people up at 1:40am.
I guess some things never change with teenagers, do they?