Everything I think I’ve hit the ultimate peep phenomenon, the one thing that totally conveys everything there is to convey about Peep Culture, something new comes up.
In this case, it’s ChatRoulette, a site that is spawning all kinds of articles, blog posts and states of excitement. On ChatRoulette you are connected to a random human being somewhere, anywhere, with a webcam. You stare at each other. You chat or, more likely, someone hits next.
Here’s a good piece that basically describes the experience.
Obviously ChatRoulette is pure Peep – you watch, interact, take what you can out of someone else’s life (while giving what you can of yours) and then you change the channel before you get bored or sucked in. This isn’t the future of the ‘net it’s the future of pop culture – more immediate, more interactive, more compelling, more fun, more disturbing, than anything they could ever green light in some corporate board room. And, like all things Peep, this particular entertainment phenomenon raises far more questions – moral, social, existential – than most of us want to deal with in the course of trying to have some fun without leaving the house.
Here are some screen-shots from BuzzFeed that has a while bunch of hilarious ChatRoulette screen-shots.