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Well, it's not exactly "Nightline", is it??

by northstar at 10:30 AM on March 06, 2002

Some people are using the Internet to find a cure for cancer. Some people are using the Internet to re-establish long-lost friendships. Some people are using the Internet to work towards creating world peace. And then there is Alison.

Alison has stuck a camera in her underwear (“You’ve always wanted to get into Alison’s underpants. Now you can do it from the convenience of your own room….”) and is streaming the video feed live over the Internet 24/7. Why? Because this is the Internet, and Alison has a digital camera. When I first heard about Alison’s Pants Cam, I figured that it had to be a joke. Upon visiting the site, though, I discovered that it is anything but (Please be courteous and give others a turn to see the inside of my pants – thanks!). The site goes into great detail about the logistics of how and why Allison had stuck a camera in her underwear.

In the interest of science, I monitored the webcam feed for a few minutes. From what I could see, and the feed was a bit on the grainy side, Alison’s underpants were a dark color with white polka dots. Then she must have taken the camera off, because the feed showed a dresser across what appeared to be a bedroom.

I’m not sure what I expected to see on the inside of Alison’s underpants (it’s mostly just very dark), but I do have to admit that it is an ingenious, if not particularly productive, use of bandwidth. Still, this is the Internet. If Alison wants to put a camera, or anything else, inside her underwear, she has the right to do so—and someone out there will watch it. I’m just not so sure that’s something I really need to see.

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