INTERNET ART: networks, performative programming, and web as context

Free Pizza From Craigslist

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Phase 1: Make a post on Craigslist in an attempt to get a free pizza.

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Phase 2: Receive multiple emails from strangers.

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Phase 3: Become uncomfortable with the idea of giving a stranger your home address and never respond.

In conclusion, I never got a free pizza. I probably could have been successful with this project if I had actually given out my address, but I just wasn’t keen on giving out my personal information on the internet. My post was flagged and removed shortly after being contacted by the second stranger.

My reason for doing this was to experiment with the power of anonymity, yielded by the mystery of the internet. Neither of the people who contacted me know my actual situation. Maybe I wasn’t actually starving, or maybe I just didn’t feel like calling Papa Johns to order a pizza. Or maybe I just wanted to make a social experiment with strangers on the internet? Regardless, this project was made possible with the exploitation of internet anonymity.

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