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When my sister, searching for images of her favorite British pop stars, accidentally typed “Spicy Girls” into Yahoo, the search results made her run, shrieking, from the family computer. “It is probably no coincidence that this sea change comes on us at a time when AIDS lurks in the alleyways of our lives,” a writer for The Nation mused in 1993.
Months later, the New York Times reiterated the point.
It was that first web experience that prompted me to practically blackmail my parents into getting the family a PC. I'd been teaching myself to code websites on school computers (and was regularly punished for ignoring my studies as a result), and ultimately began ditching whole days at school to teach myself how to build websites on my own machine.
Ultimately I could develop full-size websites and (probably illegally, in retrospect) "borrowed" my grandma's credit card to buy my first domain name (I was about 15 so they wouldn't sell it to me).
This type of behavior manifests itself in different ways.
Chat rooms have always been popular spots for flirting with the opposite sex.
But these same factors can also work in your favor.
The anonymous nature of chat rooms tends to inspire exaggerated behavior in otherwise normal, respectful people.
One commentator calls chat rooms "safety valves" for strong emotions, opinions and urges that most people can't, or wouldn't want to express in real life [source: The Industry Standard].
I cannot have been the only child of the Clinton era to have stumbled on the porn site doing social-studies homework.
I remember furtively clicking on thumbnail after thumbnail in an “Interns of the Month” gallery, watching spray-tanned haunches and balloon-taut breasts of girls posed around Oval Office interiors materialize, bit by it.