The most important facets include blurring of male and female identities, cocktails of fact and fantasy, sharp disjunctions and free associations in thoughts, and the fluid assumption of new personas, all aided and abetted by hyperfast communication in the absence of verbal and visual cues to behavior.
Typing away on their computer keyboards, sending and receiving messages on their screens, they are in a place beyond meditation.Otherwise they move on."Out of this often-kinky culture arose the celebrated cybersex trial, New York's first Internet-related sexual assault case.Last May, Oliver Jovanovic, a Columbia University doctoral candidate, was sentenced to 15 years to life for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman he had met and corresponded with on the Internet.Untethered from the usual social restraints, Internet chat-room devotees of all genders, ages, races and sexual proclivities or hang-ups give free rein to their disinhibited ids, getting in touch with their inner deviants.A Freudian analyst's dream, they are the electronic talk therapy patients. They are also part personal ad interviewers and interviewees, part seducers and part religious.confesees.Several hours into their date, she said, she disrobed at Jovanovic's bidding, lay down, and let him tie her to his futon chair-bed.For the next 20 hours, she said, he gagged and choked her, burned her with hot candle wax, bit her breasts until they bled, beat her with a black wood karate-type club on her legs and genital area, and sodomized her by inserting the club or his penis into her anus.Jovanovic--espite the DAs admission that "we don't know what else this man may be guilty of" --received a far stiffer sentence than that given many murderers."CAN YOU TOP THIS"A strict deconstruction of the email shows it to be a post-modern courtship. Are you familiar with the rituals and invocations associated with Pan?But cyberculture has also transformed the contents of courtship. Rather than vying to voice their idealization of a cyber-beloved, Zutzut5 and Gray describe .themselves in debased or jaded terms.Unlike conventional therapy patients, these cyberchat addicts don't need to waste hours of time and thousands of dollars trying to overcome their "resistance." Pressured to produce a shocking, witty, outrageous or perverse persona lest they become cyberwallflowers, they regress on line instantaneously and seemingly universally.As one participant explained: "You have to keep a person interested.