Tuesday, 10 February 2009
What is an avatar?
Why was the term avatar rehabilitated from Hindu-Buddhist-Vedic mythology and has become a term in our English? In the Empire project of global technology concepts and terms generally flow from Britain or America to Asia. Why did this term reverse the trend?
I argue because the Birth of the Avatar means something more than puppets of images we use to navigate the Internet. We enter Flickr of Facebook with profiles, which comes from the Latin proflaire. A proflaire is an outline. When we entry Facebook we are like shadow puppets interacting with a community. Entering Second Life is something more profound.
An avatar is an expression of self in another reality. The post-modern adoption of avatars comes from the end of the modern concept of one reality with one expression, or one soul in that one reality. We again believe that many realities can exit, even our physics has embraced alternate universes. And interfacing these realities is the avatar.
Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life