Avatars in Second Life: Creating a Persona in a Virtual World

Document type: Conference Papers
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Author(s): Maria Bäcke
Title: Avatars in Second Life: Creating a Persona in a Virtual World
Translated title: Avatarer i Second Life: Att skapa en persona i en virtuell värld
Conference name: League of Worlds 3
Year: 2006
City: Boone, North Carolina
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning (Sektionen för teknokultur, humaniora och samhällsbyggnad)
School of Technoculture, Humanities and Planning S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.tks.bth.se/
Authors e-mail: mwb@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Avatars in Second Life
Creating a Persona in a Virtual World


Researcher like Donna J. Haraway or Sherry Turkle have highlighted the possibility of fluid and flexible online identities, identities that provide opportunities to explore and expand the real world self—empowering, destabilizing and exhilarating.

I intend to look at how the residents in Second Life present themselves, how they build their online persona to create an identity of their liking. I will look at their online presentations in order to investigate to what extent they use keywords or pictures to signal their online or offline preferences or perhaps their belonging to an online subculture. Additionally, I will interview a few of the residents in an attempt to find out their reasons for creating the character they have invented.
Subject: The Humanities\English
Computer Science\Effects on Society
Keywords: avatar construction, Second Life, online world
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