He’s only using that word – artisan – half-ironically.
You can hear it in his voice – he’s proud of his stint as a night-shift, artisan, animatrice.
So he tried to incorporate his own unique world view, his artisan, cyber-feministe politics into every aspect of the job, even the identities that he chose to inhabit as a woman.
There was a great view of Paris from the office building he worked in, and it was quiet. JEAN-MARC: I ate beforehand, because it was hard to eat when you’re on four Minitels at once. I think I filled up a bottle of water, I’d turn on the Minitels and log onto the forums, and then I was off for the whole night…The Minitel charged by the the minute, and each minute could cost anywhere from 50 cents to a dollar or more.Companies that provided these services would split the proceeds with France Telecom, and quickly everyone was making a ton of money.But what I do know is that the Minitel cost money, and the longer you were connected, the more expensive it was.I don’t get the point of lying when you’re paying so much to be connected in the first place.I would dial in to a local bulletin board there was..phone lines and I would just get hours and hours of busy signals while everyone desperately jockeyed for one of those four phonelines and then I would connect and then my dad would get call waiting and fifteen minutes later I would get bumped off which was unbelievably frustrating.PJ: I have a memory of going into a chat room and talking to some adult woman who...CARLA: This is a TV ad for a chat room called Le Diable au Corps, or “The Devil Inside.” It’s just a still photo of a woman looking suggestively over her shoulder, and the phone number for the server. CARLA: Jean Marc, as you can probably tell, is a man.And he, along with thousands of other students and struggling artists, was a Minitel animatrice.ALEX: But the reason we’re talking about it is because we have a story this week from producer Carla Green. What it actually did was convince the French government to distribute a 0 computer to every French household with a phone number.It’s about the back-in-the-day internet in France, which is, in some ways, very similar to the back-in-the-day internet me and PJ experienced but, in a lot of ways, much weirder. CARLA GREEN: In 1982 France’s national telephone company – France Télécom – decided it was spending too much money printing phonebooks. It was an ungainly, clumsy piece of technology, just a little CRT monitor with a keyboard.