ABOUT JAMIE BARTLETT
Jamie Bartlett is a British Author and Journalist for The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph. In 2014, he released his first book, The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld where he covered underground and emergent subcultures including social media racism, cam girls, darknet drug markets, and self-harm communities among others. He released his second book, Radicals Chasing Utopia in 2017 and his third book, The People Vs Tech in 2018.
Jamie was the guest on the London Real show with Brian Rose after the release of his first book where he discusses his experiences of immersing himself into the darknet to understand the dark side of the internet and the personalities that are found in it.
Here are our takeaways from the conversation.
- The people who are on the dark side of the internet are not monsters, they are human beings with personalities.
- The radicals on the internet seem to be normal people in real life, acting as they do on the internet to vent out their thoughts.
- Surprisingly, the drug markets on the internet provide some of the best customer services online.
- There are thousands of cam girls on the internet making a living out of webcamming
- Jamie Bartlett met Vex Ashley, a cam girl and was in her bedroom during a 3-hour cam show
- People slip in child pornography by toeing the grey area of teen and barely legal teen porn category for a substantial amount of time
- There is a 3 click theory which means that you can land on an illegal porn website from a legal porn website in 3 clicks
- There are forums for pro-anorexia on the internet that eventually lead down the road of self harm
- Writing is more about editing than it is about writing
- We all have the power to effect positive change
JAMIE BARTLETT QUOTES
- “Human behavior is just so damn unpredictable.”
- “Security is the basis from which all our other liberties ultimately flow.”
- “We’re going to have to take more responsibility ourselves over what we do.”
LESSONS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA RADICALS
- The social media radicals are usually normal people in real life. They act as radicals on the internet to vent out their feelings on society.
- They are humans with individual personalities and do not usually take part in similar radical movements happening offline
LESSONS FROM DARKNET DRUG MARKETS
- The Silk Road is a darknet marketplace for drugs, weapons, and other illegal things
- The drug dealers on the darknet are some of the best at customer service providing pleasant experiences for customers
- Buyers make transactions with cryptocurrencies and leave comments and reviews for other purchasers to make decisions
LESSONS FROM CAM GIRLS & CHILD PORN VIEWERS
- There are thousands of women who make a living out of camming from the comfort of their place
- Jamie Bartlett was in the sidelines of a 3-hour lesbian orgy session in the bedroom of Vex Ashley, a popular UK webcam girl
- Cam girls are a lot like teachers, trying to make each one of their cam sessions engaging and entertaining for viewers
- Child porn offenders are usually people who slip into it by spending a lot of time in the teen and barely legal teen porn categories
- Child porn offenders do not even realize that what they are doing is wrong because they tiptoed in the grey area for too long and those events slowly lead them to their end destination
- There is a 3 click theory which means that one can go from a legal porn website to an illegal porn website in 3 clicks
LESSONS FROM FORUMS ON THE DARKNET
- There are niche forums on the darknet which can lead a person towards the path of self harm by associating with individuals on similar paths
- Forums such as ones on pro-anorexia have people who will listen to individuals and be with them on the path towards harm
JAMIE BARTLETT’S EXPERIENCE & ADVICE TO 20-YEAR-OLDS
- People on the darknet are not monsters. They are human beings with personalities.
- Every small positive thing that a young person can do can effect change. There is not going to be one big superhero who is going to come to the rescue. We all have the power to effect change.