Saturday, 3 April 2010

Layer of Second Life identity

Firstly one gets an identity. Most SL residents over time form an identity they become rather attached to. Lacan speaks about how a child identifies with an image. According to Lacan this need to identify with images continues through life. We experience our "being" as chaotic flow of experience, upon this we place an "identity", an imagine "self" that imposes a kind of mastery and order upon this experience. This is how we make an avatar we can connect with.

Moving out from just the assumption of identity, which Lacan calls suture, we create a style of trope for our new identity. This can be a roll we take on, a style of existing for this new identity, or a set of look. In Second Life we can change these styles quickly in what I call the "outsourced suture"

And then we connect to groups, with shared goals as a community. This process of identifying with an avatar, assuming a role, and then participating in community is the how virtual culture is create. Such activities may go from attending science lectures to forming sexual relationships with other players.

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
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