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.
From a sociological point of view, Jenni Cam was an important early example of how the internet could create a cyborg subject by integrating human images with the internet.
As Ringley attracted a following both on and off the Internet, more than 100 media outlets from The Wall Street Journal to Modern Ferret ran features.
Unlike later for-profit webcam services, Sources stated that Jenni Cam received over 100 million visitors weekly.
Nate Lanxon of CNET said "remember this is 1996 and the Web as we know it now had barely lost its virginity, let alone given birth to the God-child we know as the modern Internet." On April 3, 1996, during her junior year at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the 19-year-old Ringley installed a webcam in her college dorm room, and provided images from that cam on a webpage.
Welcome to the shameless, silly, sometimes surprisingly studious and always surreal world of Cam Con, a worldwide convention and trade show for the adult entertainment world’s newest frontier, the so-called camming trade.
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The webpage would automatically refresh every three minutes with the most recent picture from the camera.