Ringley's desire to maintain the purity of the cam-eye view of her life eventually created the need to establish that she was within her rights as an adult to broadcast such information, in the legal sense, and that it was not harmful to other adults.
Anyone with Internet access could observe the often mundane events of Ringley's life at first, though a few months after its start Ringley started charging viewers for full entry to her site.
Jenni Cam was one of the first web sites that continuously and voluntarily surveyed a private life.
Her first webcam contained only black-and-white images of her in the dorm room.
just talked to my other brother...says someone saw my brother up this morning at 6am..went back to bed and died sitting on the bed!!! I'm afraid his son (who is in his 40's and doesn't work) is going to have to find another place to live now.
09/18/16 : trix abound:no...is the one that came here all the time..was here yesterday.....
Previously, live webcams transmitted static shots from cameras aimed through windows or at coffee pots.
Ringley's innovation was simply to allow others to view her daily activities. She did not wish to filter the events that were shown on her camera, so sometimes she was shown nude or engaging in sexual behavior, including sexual intercourse and masturbation.
This was a new use of Internet technology in 1996 and some viewers were interested in its sociological implications while others watched it for sexual arousal.
The Jenni Cam website coincided with a rise in surveillance as a feature of popular culture, exemplified by the 1998 film The Truman Show and reality television programs such as Big Brother, and as a feature of contemporary art and new media art.