The LA Times profiles a few people it encountered in a recent late-night visit to a Hollywood Internet cafe:
Unemployed Law School Graduate
What are you doing here tonight?
Looking for jobs online.
What’s the most annoying thing people do in an Internet cafe?
Sleep at their computers. And snore. Or talk to themselves out loud.
What websites can’t you do without?
LawCrossing.com, my law school site, and Monster. Also my bank account, to see what’s going on in there. Which is not much.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve witnessed here?
I met a guy who told me he was a porn star. He was tall with white, scruffy jeans and this dirty, disheveled, 1920s blunt-cut wig that kept moving to one side when he scratched his head.
Is the Internet addictive?
If it wasn’t, they wouldn’t have 24-hour Internet cafes.