Tag Archives: identity

Pride & Prejudice, Dissertation Remix

Given our discussion yesterday on stereotypes and prejudices in SL and other virtual worlds, I thought I’d share this section of my dissertation on the subject. If anything, it gives good references 🙂              Persistence of social norms in virtual identity exploration. Identity and role identification in MUVEs, as argued by Cleland (2008) is malleable in […]

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ScreenCap from Kristine Schomaker / Gracie Kendal thesis video

Persuasion

Kat just wrote a great post about body identity and stereotypes amongst avatars in SL. It’s funny. I have been thinking a lot about this lately. My work is all about body image, self esteem and how the media unconsciously manipulates us into thinking we want to be thin and model beautiful so we may […]

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Pride & Prejudice

Reading Ravanel’s fantastic article on identity in online gaming environments reminded of my initial shock at the RL stereotypes in virtual worlds. As I have previously discussed, I entered SL with little knowledge of the community and found my niche in cultural/educational groups within the virtual world. With that said, I did not come with […]

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The Monster Within

I don’t think that I would be exaggerating if I said that I’ve always loved to write. While I don’t consider myself to be a brilliant writer, I’ve always felt like I could express myself better through writing than any other means. With that said, I’ve been writing what started as little stories based on […]

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Team Paglia

Kris’s inclusion of a quote by Naomi Wolf in her last post (see “This is my body!”) immediately made me think of good old Camille Paglia. Like I said in a comment to Kris’s post, I am not the biggest fan of Wolf’s. While I am not entirely “Team Paglia” either, I can somehow relate […]

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What Would Cindy Sherman Do?

While I have been focusing on Marcel Duchamp and/or Rrose Selavy for the last couple of days to illustrate (for lack of a better word) my ideas on identity in virtual worlds, the work of Cindy Sherman crept up in my sub consciousness earlier today. I mentioned in my post earlier today that Rrose Selavy […]

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The Identity Factory

In the wake of all these great posts on identity in virtual worlds (and RL – thanks, Kris!), Vaneeesa and I started talking about the ease which virtual environments such as SL allow for identity exploration. As many with an Art History background know, identity exploration has been a pivotal theme in twentieth century art, […]

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Beauty is the Beast

For the past couple of days, I’ve been dissecting/overanalyzing/pondering Kris’ performance/post “The Bald and the Beautiful.” What an inspirational and powerful piece! Like many great art pieces with a message, it made me think (and want to think) about key issues affecting our lives, bodies, sanity, society, etc. Most of all, it made me ask […]

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This Is What a Feminist Looks Like: Vaneeesa

NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSSETS, 7 June — Writer, blogger, wife, mother, feminist, and founder of The Mamafesto blog, Avital Norman Nathman has been posting profiles, This Is What a Feminist Looks Like, on Mamafesto for about a year now, and she recently invited Yours Truly to write one, which you’ll find both below and on the official […]

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Transworld Syndrome

  This is a strange little contemplation on virtual identity in the form of a conversation between my alt Majic and I.

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My first Rez Day

PAEDRA FALL, 22 March — Meandra celebrated her first rezday today with a crowd of friends. Further she used the occasion to write a perceptive blog post on living in virtual spaces, avatar identity, and human relationships. Happy Rezday Meandra, and thank you for your thoughtful analysis.

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Are we “Alone Together” in WoW? – Solo Play pt. 10

Originally posted on Traveling the Multiverse:
Last part (part 9) was about secret alts and the need for time outs. This post may take some of that conversation and turn it upside down. Hunter’s Pets and Companion Pets When I spoke to my teacher about this project, he reminded me that perhaps players could also…

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