Monday, 13 December 2010

Doing a spot check on Avatars in Second Life

A recent article features my work a New World Notes has brought up a lot of feedback. The article features my long standing assertions that Second Life freedom of identity rather than leading to identity creativity actually creates hyper-gendered avatars which confirm to social norms even more so than real bodies are able to. That is Second Life is making up for a lack in many people's real life.

A quick drop in to a major hub confirms what I see again and again. Call them barbie and ken dollars, or cyber bimbos and cyber beefcakes, this "design" is what the virtual environment of Second Life is selecting for.

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
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