Lately I feel very interested in the secrets and secret thoughts people have, especially about other people, particularly as relates to sex and/or violence.
Usually one is hard-pressed to get earnest, open insight into such secrets, thoughts and fantasies, but thanks to the [seeming] anonymity of the Web, sometimes such honesty just comes pouring forth. It’s hardly tempting to hold back the thoughts which would always be checked in, er, polite company when there is no one to police you (e.g. peers, friends, family members, etc.), or when there is an [again, seemingly] infinite barrier of cyberspace between you and the Real World. I think there is also a Web-induced narcissism at work; people feel not only obliged to throw in their two cents, but also entitled to do so, exacerbated by the great ease with which one can do so on today’s Web. (See me demonstrate this phenomenon as we speak.)