Skepticism on April Fool’s Day and Dreams of Havana

And an über Skeptic is Born

I’ve learned a lot in the past 12 months about online relationships. Relationships in terms of fact vs. fiction, real vs. phony, tangible vs. elusive. Yes, me … a skeptic born of broken promises and hearts learned from online relationships many years ago has seen it all again in the virtual world of JTV, Twitter, WordPress and Gmail.

Let’s begin at the end. I received a few interesting comments on the past couple of blog posts in which I rambled on about The Human Lab Rat (HLR) channel over at JTV. No one was really head over heels about the channel and it’s marketing play. It got me. I was a sucker for a little while, until I figured it out. I seem to be the only one that gave it 2 thumbs up, but it’s ok … differences in opinion are what makes the world go around, and I’m A-OK with that. There’s no reason not to be.

What surprised me was the comment I received just a little while ago from a reader with the name Angelphace. A familiar name. One of the channel bot names in the HLR channel. She, (my guess at the bot’s gender) writes:

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To which I replied in a tongue and cheek albeit a bit snarky voice:

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What I like about the channel, other than the sleek graphics and clever technology is that it’s given me something to not only think about, but to write about and to drum up a bit of dialog with people about. It’s borne fruit for me to labor over the keyboard feverishly typing, typing, typing. And it’s fun. It’s better than the drama and gossip that surfaces at least weekly on JTV. Yes, it is a marketing tool, but it’s done in fun as well. JTV is not a serious business tool — yet. This is a place people come to meet up and to engage in conversation and on some channels to play games, while on others to watch games (whether legitimately broadcast or not). Some channels are nothing more than a person sitting behind their camera chatting with viewers, while others broadcast with a purpose — MagicRich, Eddale, AllGames, TheWoodyShow, shangby, and of course I’d be remiss not to mention my channels — on both justopia.com and JTV.

What to Believe

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Click on the image and you can read the invite to the Oval Office Cam

But I digress. I was talking about fiction vs. non fiction in the world of JTV. So I ask … is Angelphace real or not? My guess is that it’s someone that usually comments on the blog and I’m pretty sure I know just who it is. It was a good April Fool’s attempt, but I am not nearly as gullible as I was just a few months ago. I’ve learned well enough that I didn’t get sucked into the Oval Office Cam on JTV, did you?

Convergence

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have real things to think about. With the recent news about Cuba I am going to head to bed to bed with the sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club playing softly on my bedroom stereo as I think about a trip I’d like to make to Havana once the powers that be decide that it’s ok for us to travel there and I think I may just put a party together — in real life — with a Cuban theme which I’ll broadcast.

The best of both worlds. 2D and 3D together. Who knows — if things go well, perhaps Cuba will be the next near shore (VERY near shore) call center venue and it can be my next expat adventure. The infrastructure will need to be built, but I can see it happening. A shrinking world — globalization at its best. It’s ok to dream — really!

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