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I, avatar : the culture and consequences of having a second life

Author: Mark Stephen Meadows
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : New Riders, ©2008.
Series: Voices that matter.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What is an avatar? Why are there nearly a billion of them, and who is using them? Do avatars impact our real lives, or are they just video game conceits? Is an avatar an inspired rendering of its creators inner self, or is it just one among millions of anonymous vehicles clogging the online freeways? Can we use our avatars to really connect with people, or do they just isolate us? And as we become more like our  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Stephen Meadows
ISBN: 9780321533395 0321533399
OCLC Number: 190873071
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 144 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: The strange migration --
On pigs, the WELL, and 1992 --
What it is, Part one: Mario, the Sims and world of warcraft --
What it is, Part two: The three white girls from YouTube --
What it is, Part three: A point of view --
What it is, Part four: A simple character --
"Why don't you spend time talking to people in person?" --
Diving into the deep end --
The roles of social worlds and the rules of game worlds --
The assumption of the mask --
Alts, newbs, and how a fisherman gets fresh fish --
Fur vs. Gor --
Virtual wars --
Rituals and archetypes --
The dive into the deep end continues --
On drinking virtual wine and the grounding of belief --
The night of the dance --
The morning after. Virtual work --
The suits cometh --
How avatars affect the real world --
Happiness is a warm gun --
A few notes on griefing and morality --
Gunid's babies --
Why? --
Sticks and stones may break my bones but karate is not sexy --
Car is avatar is prosthetic --
"Where there is Id there will be ego? --
Kajira, Raddick and involuntary speed dating services --
Celebrities and millions of us --
Auto portraits --
Do we count avatars or people? --
Autonomous avatars and the very present future --
The American nightmare --
The children of the strange migration --
The isles of the blessed --
A gallery of avatars.
Series Title: Voices that matter.
Responsibility: Mark Stephen Meadows.
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Avatars are now a common part of the online experience, from thumbnail images used in instant messages to full-blown animated 3D characters with histories and property. This guide to the booming  Read more...

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