Sunday, 28 September 2008

Weddings in Second Life

This is a photo I took in Tel Aviv of a wedding a few days after the 2006 Lebanon war. Thousands of young men were working their way home on buses and taxis, but these guys had time to enjoy a wedding.

The popular Second Life wedding is high on show but utterly empty. Weddings are so dramatic because because they gestures lack the statement. In the classic example the speach act "I declare you man and wife" has a power to establish a union when said in the context of a wedding. In Second Life this declaration is acted out in simulation without the act in the speach acts. That is the acts represent without doing.

In this way one could say that the events are "imaginary". It is a shared imagination of an event, but not anything.

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
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