The verdict came as a shock to courtroom observers who, unlike the jury, had access to the uncensored, and highly titillating, e-mail exchanges between Jovanovic and his accuser, 57 pages of exchanges that took place both before and after the alleged torture incident that marked their only off-line date.
By ignoring 'Net dynamics and accepting his e-mail postings as pure representations of truth rather than admixtures of fantasy, the verdict exposed the failure of many traditional institutions to grasp the psychological upheaval wrought by cyberculture.
In the wee small hours of the morning, they do not sit alone in a bar weeping into their beers.
Typing away on their computer keyboards, sending and receiving messages on their screens, they are in a place beyond meditation.
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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.
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.
They will only tell you sunshine and happiness."Ms Mc Lean said parents should maintain an "open conversation" with their children about what games they were playing and downloading.
Ms Mc Lean added that parents should be researching games online and checking in with parenting information on the website of Australia's Children's e Safety Commissioner.
But Ms Mc Lean said concerns about Roblox highlighted a broader issue."Any app or platform or game that allows two-way interaction between your child and another player is going to have predators on it," she said."And then the risk ramps up when you can have chat.
That's one of the features of this game."I think this is a very important warning for parents to not [just] look at the app or game developer's website.