in 1995, eBay, an online auction house, is a global 24-hour megamonster
of shopping and a platform for exchange. Its web interface has revolutionized
the type of shopping that has traditionally been performed locally
through antique traders, garage sales, and flea markets. Among the
troves of eBay one can find the ordinary, the marvelous, the uncanny,
the sacred, the fraud, the treasure, the ridiculous, and the sublime.
veritable community, eBay is part of a digital culture where more
and more daily needs are being met through the interface of computer
screens in a specially designed social space. The experience of the
online auction, like other multi-user experiences including games,
dating, and conversation, has its own rules of engagement within the
public realm. Intervening in this pop-cultural minefield are many
artists and provocateurs.