Exploring avatar construction in second life: a misleading contrast to the real life human.

Groves, Rebecca Alice (2013) Exploring avatar construction in second life: a misleading contrast to the real life human. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The Second Life computer software was created by Rosedale in 1999. His goal was to provide users with an avatar that would enable them to explore a limitless world; a world which had no rules and defied the laws of physics. Migrating to a world where anything is possible has encouraged questioning as to whether Residents of this virtual realm are representing the user behind the avatar accurately, or creating an entirely new identity. Residents are able to express their identity from firstly, the virtual, aesthetic commodities they purchase. Copious amounts of destinations are available to explore, where Residents are able to purchase the virtual identity that they desire to achieve. This factor will also be studied, as Residents will not necessarily acquire a similar dress sense as the physical user. Secondly, personality expression can also be a deceiving factor; a shy person in real-life will use this virtual world to express their inner out-going self.
    This dissertation will investigate the user of Second Life, how identity can be constructed in a virtual world and whether or not the user behind the Resident is acting out a misleading persona. Primary and secondary research was carried out; a yearlong ethnographic study and other reading to support and contrast. Using both of these methods will provide a larger range of knowledge into the construction of identity in Second Life.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2014 08:41
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15343

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