Justin.tv, meanwhile, lets users broadcast their own live video channels to anyone over the Internet.And so the troubles that come up aren't new either.Niedzviecki says Chatroulette is yet another iteration of how we are slowly replacing scripted material with other people's lives as entertainment.You Tube, Twitter and even reality TV let us cruise through a real person's world instead of watching "anointed celebrities entertaining us through their `talents.'" But when we do, some troubling questions arise. One widely circulated black-and-white image from the site shows what looks like a man who hanged himself."Someone meets the person they were meant to be with ...\n It started on February 19, 2012 when I was hanging out in my friend's dorm room.
While some viewers called police, it was too late to save the 19-year-old.
Some folks have used it to play music to their chat partners in hopes of getting them to dance.
People don't need to register to use Chatroulette, though the site asks they be at least 16 years old.
You'll probably never see him or her again, but that doesn't mean the talk was worthless.
"There is a great short story to be written about that," Thompson says.