For example, I translated a cybersex session into a scene for the stage, but it doesn’t translate into actual or simulated sex. He never asks Anni where she lives; he never tries to persuade her to meet with him. And as I started to talk openly about it over the past year, a lot of people, especially women my age, have said, “I did that too.” Many of us have had similar, crazy experiences that we’re just starting to deal with and understand.
So, for me, re-creating the AOL environment that was the context for this relationship is not about romanticizing an aesthetic.
She’s an outsider at first but manages to become accepted by the group before beginning to chat privately with a twenty-seven-year-old who goes by the handle jobe when hanging out in Twelve.
Twelve, published by Klaus_e Books, will be available soon as an i Pad app.The implication was that we were part of a mass movement—that yes, there really were eighteen hundred and thirty-two Jacob Savages who had already signed up for AOL, and that I was to be the 1833rd.Once connected—and during peak hours, it was virtually impossible to get through on the first try—there wasn’t all that much to do.I was very ashamed of my secret life online, and I didn’t tell a soul about what I was doing, but years later, as I worked with my camwhore character Caroline, I began to think back to these early experiences I had with the Internet.My play and my e-book both deal with this time in my life, and focus on the same cybersex relationship. She’s twelve when she finds a chat room called “Twelve,” which is a community mostly of kids around her own age.The modem’s ubiquitously loud hiss, amplified over the computer speakers, was the sound of the was the information superhighway. AOL denied me my avatar of choice, just as it did for millions of other Americans.