Construction of Digital Space: Second Life as a fantasy or a work tool

Document type: Conference Presentations
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Maria Bäcke
Title: Construction of Digital Space: Second Life as a fantasy or a work tool
Translated title: Konstruktion av Digitala Utrymmen: Second Life, fantasi eller arbetsverktyg?
Conference name: M3 - The Virtual '07
Year: 2007
City: Södertörn
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
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Language: English
Abstract: Drawing upon Gaston Bachelard´s The Poetics of Space and Henri Lefebvre´s The Production of Space, I read both private and public digital 3D spaces made available through SL and examine to what extent they are inscribed in or distanced from the underlying ideology of Second Life. I use textual sources - written codes of conduct, covenants written by the land owners, actual buildings and environments created in Second Life, an interview, as well as blogs and articles - to explore how three different categories of space are constructed and maintained: one where SL is primarily seen as a work tool for profit or teaching, another where the main goal is a detailed, homogenuous and highly visual space, and a third category where a homogenuous space is created in order to enable a more organized fantasy and facilitate game-play.

Choice of Theme: Expressions of ideology in design and digital technologies
Subject: Human Work Science\Human Computer Interaction
Computer Science\Networks and Communications
The Humanities\English
Keywords: Second Life, digital space, social space, Henri Lefebvre, Gaston Bachelard