Media Analysis: ChatRoulette

By Chelsea Bishop

Today I watched a video on CNN.com about ChatRoulette, a new video chat program that allows users to talk face-to-face with random people from all around the world. This program was invented by 17-year-old Andrey Ternovskiy of Moscow and has become so popular that he now has to have his father help him keep it running.

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Personally, I find this to be possibly the creepiest thing I’ve ever heard of. You never know who or what you might be connected to – as of now, there is no screening process, and you could be connected to anyone from a kindergarten teacher to a convict. Ternovskiy says he is against people using the program in obscene ways, and is going to work on flagging these types of users.

Even if Ternovskiy has good intentions, it’s inevitable that people will continue to use his program for inappropriate reasons. I don’t see this program as being very safe and really hope that young kids don’t start using it. By using a program like this it just seems like people are inviting in stalkers and weirdos.

I for one will stick to using Skype with my boyfriend.

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