CMC Magazine November 1, 1995 / Page 12
From reynoldb@ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU Fri Jul 21 15:42:59 1995 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: reynoldb@ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU (Barra Chantel Reynolds) Subject: CU-SeeMe I spend a lot of time on CU-SeeMe; those around uninitiated into the joys of the program say I am addicted. I think they just don't want to expend energy. Since it requires only the software, a computer, an external microphone, and a Quick Cam (all of which are here in the lab), I feel sorry for them; they don't what they're missing. Ostensibly, I am on CUSM as an instructor; my students and I spend at least one hour a day video conferencing with people around the world. We've had conferences with McMurdo Station in Antarctica, question/answer sessions with individuals in Belgium, and practiced our Spanish with persons in Mexico City. For poor, underprivileged students from New Mexico's smaller communities, these interactions seem unreal. However, once my students have left...it's my turn. Generally I spend the next three or four hours bouncing from reflector to reflector, leaving only when my contacts threaten to suck all moisture from my corneas. Perhaps this is excessive, but given a choice between this and television, I'll take CUSM. It's far more entertaining. Cornell is the busiest and probably the most popular reflector. It has a community of regulars, and I'm proud to say that I've become rather well-known there. Approximately 1 p.m. MDT, Kirk, Brett, Dave, Art, Eric, the Rome Guys Todd and Scott, M=E5ry, the Merlinator, Southpaw, Aloof, Mademoiselle, Old Guy, and Mike Mantis have all appeared at least once. Around 3 p.m. Darryl arrives, and within the hour Batwoman graces us with her presence. Naturally there are others, but I am most familiar with these individuals. Already there have been CUSM Real World parties, people are dating, and we've devoted homepages to our CUSM friends. We've also managed to run off some unsavories although I don't know if we're proud of that yet. However, that's just the day-time crew; at night Cornell is almost frightening--at least for women. Because of the element of anonymity provided by the lurkers, nicknames, and blank windows, people feel free to say, and do, literally anything. There's the odd exhibitionist, several would-be voyeurs, and always the invitation to the private (aka sex) reflector. So far I've been asked to reveal my breasts, have listened to various disgusting suggestions, and have been invited to the private reflectors. Fortunately, I've only visited night-time Cornell once. Regardless of the element (and I infinitely prefer the day crew), CU-SeeMe is unlike anything else the Internet has to offer. My students have commented on the similarities between CU-SeeMe and those AT&T commercials (It's coming, and we'll bring it to you). Oddly enough, it's already here.
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