HyperEssay: Jennicam

After reading more about what Jennicam is, I could associate more with the lesson on ‘give up your data’. In Jennicam, Jennifer Ringley broadcast almost all of her private life worldwide. Jenni has a very different mentality with comparison to her friends. The main reason is that she doesn’t mind being watch. Put it in other terms, it also means that she doesn’t mind having her data stolen, she just felt that she was being herself and there is nothing to be afraid of.


“I keep JenniCam alive not because I want to be watched, but because I simply don’t mind being watched.” – Jennifer Ringley



After reading some of the interviews she had done, I was thinking if revealing too much data is going to trigger people around you to move away from you. In one of her stories she mentions that when she and her first boyfriend started kissing, the site went down due to overloading and once he realizes that just kissing has overloaded the site, he didn’t come back into her room again. No one wanted to be on it. I think that from this example alone, we could see that people in general mind being watch. Similar to our first live broadcast, everyone in class were very uneasy that they have to do it. People who use social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram shares snippets of their life to the whole world, but why are they not worried about giving up too much of their data? I think the intensity of giving up your data is a major factor.

In conclusion, I think that giving up the amount of your data is really up to your choice. For myself, I only use Facebook to look at memes. No twitter. No Instagram. No Snapchat. It all depends on how an individual wants in their life and how they want to live it.


  2 comments for “HyperEssay: Jennicam

  1. October 18, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Bao, you are so right, giving up one’s data is a highly personal act, and of course it is different for everyone. In the case of JenniCam, she took the idea of super-participation and the sharing of data/information about herself to the extreme. That is what makes this work so interesting and illuminating about our present day participatory actions on the network.

  2. Su Hwee Lim
    October 18, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Bao, I agree of what you say about giving up our data is really up to our choice. I also feel that we all have different definition of giving up our data just like JenniCam was the extreme type. However we are also lack on the knowledge of using social media would allow them to analyse us through the things we browse just like what Kapi mentions or even tracking of our credit cards. Thats probably the reason why they use it without any consideration or thinking of giving up too much data. 🙂

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