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  • Series: Digital Formations (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.; 1st New edition edition (July 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820456942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820456942
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,844,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Author: Theresa M. Senft is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of East London. Her books include History of the Internet: A Chronology, 1843-Present (co-authored), and a special issue of Women & Performance devoted to sexuality and cyberspace (co-edited). Senft has published in The New York Times, appeared on U.S. National Public Radio, and was featured in the documentary Webcam Girls.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Close on March 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
CamGirls educated me on the background of the female online presence. It began in the early 1990’s when women got fed up with their roles in indie music scene. The improvement of technology brought this type of feminist movement to the internet. What I particularly liked about the book was the author’s process of study - she created own webcam site. Women would do their usual or chose activities in front of webcam for viewers to watch. She also spoke with 40 camgirls and 80 viewers of camgirls and did 10 formal interviews with camgirls and 21 interviews with viewers. This study is important because it gives insight to the feminist movement at the beginning of social media and the early stages of the internet, it shows personal branding, it showcases the challenged of a network society (which is still present today), it tells us about the ethical issues and ways we can handle them, and finally, it led us to present means of communication that are important today. The internet was new frontier - an opportunity for females to be heard and seen in the way they want to be heard and seen.
However, there was some controversy that came with the webcam. People will choose to think of cam sites they way they want to think about it. For some, they view these sites as a means of self-validation, for some it will look like an art.
The biggest challenge is sex camgirls - the porn webcams created to make money by exploiting themselves, giving into the role that women are just toys. They objectified themselves and hindered those who were trying to convey that women were strong and independent and had more important agendas.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of social networks and the role of women throughout history. You can gain insight on issues that have been around since the 1990’s and read about real experiences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Walanya on March 12, 2014
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I thought that CamGirls gave interesting background knowledge on both the female presence online and a look on how internet interactions have evolved. It’s good to see where you came from in order to know where you are going. CamGirls goes back to the early 2000’s to elaborate on the cultural phenomenon that stemmed from the female ambition. Senft provides a variety of stories and experiences that she had while being a “CamGirl” and those of others who were “CamGirls.” She highlights a group of women standing out in society and allowing themselves to face ethical issues surrounding media that were not yet prevalent until this time. This group of woman experimented with social norms and paved the way to expand the scope of what it means to be a woman. I think the culture of CamGirls helped shape modern social media and internet interactions. This era of CamGirls can be overlooked even though it was a crucial part to understanding how modern technology and feminism is in today’s society. Although now it does seem irrelevant, I think this book can be seen as historical context to track the growth and changes that woman have made. Some may argue that even in this book, it still shows that women exploit themselves and are able to be objectified through some of her examples of CamGirls. I agree that some of the examples go against her argument of feminism, but I also think it is vital to juxtapose the progressive CamGirls to the “typical” CamGirl. I would recommend CamGirls. It is a good read and shows insight on issues that have been present since the time of the “CamGirl,” through real experiences and intriguing stories.
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CamGirls is a book that gave an insight to the history of social media. To be more specific, it is about the presence of women in the social media world. The author went in depth within this topic to show what Cam Girls mean. I have never heard of this phenomenon before. I realized that in our society right now, women broadcast themselves on social media through YouTube channels, Instagram, Facebook, etc. I didn't know that CamGirls was a thing that women started doing dated back to the 1990's. The author set up an experiment to test social theory for women and figure out that CamGirls actually helped shape the social media we are dealing with right now. One part that I am a little uncomfortable with would be when the author talked about porn cam. It was something that's new to me and I didn't expect the author to talk about it. It was, however, very informational.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn more information about the topic. It is very informational and there are many issues that the author went over that were very interesting.
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6 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Peter Stoykov on January 31, 2013
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This book aims to explore the budding (in the nineties) world of girls who start live webcam sites for money and internet fame. So, all the info is outdated and has no relevance to the modern cam-girls and the camming phenomenon in recent years.

Furthermore, the book is filled with endlessly boring feminist theory drivel and not actual studies of camming and cam girls.
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