Warhol predicted that everyone would be famous for 15 minutes, but the
of technology has brought continuing fame - or at least notoriety - to
legions of tech geeks who have dicks and aren't shy about showing them.|
"I love coming home to my Webcam, kicking back, and letting the rest of
world watch," says one slutty Web star.
"The thought that guys I'll
or hear from are jacking off to me makes me happy."
There are commercial Web sites where, for a fee, you can tune into a
- consisting of little more than a bed and a couple of plywood walls -
watch a parade of attractive guys play with themselves (and sometimes,
others). Other for-pay sites have more of a Peeping Tom appeal;
dorm or that student house and watch the ongoing cast of characters grab a
of coffee, shower, or suck each other off.
And then there are the amateur sites, generally free, though often
a fee to a gatekeeper adult verification service to keep kids from
"good parts." Sometimes these sites are scheduled like commercial
with showtimes announced in advance. More often, they provide windows
the casually random doings of Mr. Open-To-View. In the early days of
fever, several guys attained instant stardom, attracting hundreds and
thousands of hits; for one giddy moment, it seemed the whole world was
fascinated with watching one fellow sleeping in the raw.
Then other men rushed in to take up the slack, and the woods became so
of Webcams that sites arose devoted to keeping track of them, indexing
sites showed nudity and which showed even more.
Webcammers' approaches vary. Some just have a camera (or multiple
looking on as they go about their business. Others spend a lot of time
keyboard, chatting with the cybervoyeurs who drop by. Some sites
ongoing diaries, and most include picture galleries that can vary from
we are at Disney World" photos to hardcore X. It's possible to visit a
and spend hours staring at an empty bedroom, or to be immediately
with a close-up view of extended masturbation. This randomness makes
cams both addictive and frustrating. Those in search of immediate
gratification are best off paying for commercial jack-off shows, while
with a more Zen approach might keep a cam's window open on their screen
hours, chatting occasionally and enjoying the sex stuff if and when it
occurs; in that sense, Webcam sites are a lot like life.
Like anything else that's fun and feels good, virtual voyeurism can get
addictive. "When I started out," says one guy, "I did a lot of jumping
from site to site. Eventually I found some favorites. I spent hours and
watching this one guy in New York. He seemed really neurotic, sleeping
day and wanking all night. I was fascinated, and the fact he was
well-hung didn't hurt."
As everywhere else on the Web, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and
in the world of amateur cams. Some Web-boys hawk custom-made T-shirts
with their self-designed logos, while kinkier guys peddle their well-worn
jockstraps. Half a world away, you can be jacking off, watching some
stroking it, too, while you're wearing his fan club T-shirt and
smelly Calvins; if that's not multimedia, what is? Ah, the wonders of
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