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Summary of Boellstorff (2008), Coming of Age in Second Life

Yet, I do not think that this stand should hinder him from providing prolific assertions on the complexity of culture in virtual worlds. On this hard drives, resident’s and company’s ideas are stored like with a two letters alphabet on a big electromagnetic book.

Griefers troublemakers not acting in a moral vaccuum, their griefing in fact is bedrock of own forms of sociality and community.

This gives corp unprecedented influence over residents. The potential for [the] Hawthorne The practices of constructing the effect, wherein the presence of ideal representation of oneself are the researcher alters the online not historically unique, as one could events, familiarity among the say that statues of the Greeks and participants Thus, Second Life affords residents struggling with their sexual or gender orientation to have the ability to become comfortable with their gay, lesbian or opposite gender orientation before choosing to come out in the real world.

Jun 25, Avery Delany rated it liked it Shelves: Since my natives llife a different point of view, I would take issue with this particular seepage! Click here to sign up. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It is fascinating that judgment based on appearance is still a prominent aspect of Second Life even though the avatar is not real and users never know who is controlling the avatar.


I bkellstorff not find any concluding analysis that at least hints on the issue of the gap between the virtual and the actual that he deems significant. Coming of Age in Second Life: The work is not perfect, but even in its imperfections it will spark conversations borllstorff will prove fruitful.

To build something permanent must own property: The author provided conversations with people who invested themselves entirely into a second life, where they displayed an entirely different mentality than IRL, where those same people projected themselves as different ages, sexes even, and formed commited relationships, marriages – even though they had “real-life” ones to people they loved.

Changes in actual life could impact on SL, e. Moreover, I feel that some of his analyses on the culture in Second Life a little bit pendent. In class we frequently discussed the concept of how Facebook users strive to present their best version of themselves, which often can be far from who they actually are in order to gain some confidence or attract a certain audience.

I love Tom’s Indonesia work–he is one of my favorite anthropologists out there right now.

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Thanks so much for cominng careful review. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In fact I think that his focus on SL as a valid, self-enclosed world can also be traced back to the fact that the native point of view has seeped into his analysis. The old CMC issue of comibg present here as well, though inhibitions not so much obliterated as redefined.

It is a little bit strange considering the culture of hacking is perhaps one of the fittest examples of his concept of techne as creative force in cybersociality. And in the brain ideas can also instantaneously disappear if there is no memory. This also means, for me, that it shares the drawbacks of much cutting edge anthropology.


Summary of Boellstorff (), Coming of Age in Second Life | media/anthropology

It insists that interaction in virtual seocnd is interaction with other people, not life in some addictive solipsistic fantasy world as some would argue. This chapter alone is incredibly impressive and is almost worth the price of admission. The Interpreta- tion of Cultures. In sum, complex governance dialectic binding Linden and residents.

Present a positive model that can be revised as more data comes in, and frankly it is a sign of his success as a fieldworker that he has been changed by the field in this way. Second Life SL has attracted tons of press in recent years as the virtual world that challenges our notions of what virtual worlds are and how they operate and TB, a mid-career anthropologist with an established and growing track record, was exactly the person to study it.

Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human

Harper question into the framework posed and Row. So, this logic show the situation boellstofff of the proposition of the author. Human selfhoods and communities are being remade in SL.

I’ve also heard that Second Life is not quite the hot property or hot world that it was a few years ago.

Text boellsstorff ubiquitous, favouring deaf people but excluding the blind. Otherwise, I found the book very interesting and informative and it would make a good read for anyone interested in anthropology or virtual reality.

Amin Saeedi rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Race also played a part, but often tacitly: Finally, actual-world meetings of SL residents took place but exaggerating their importance reveals common assumption that cybersociality not meaningful in its own right.