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عنوان: Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human
مؤلف: Tom Boellstorff
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ناشر: Princeton University Press
سال انتشار: 2008
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تعداد صفحات: 328
شابک: 691135282
شابک(13): 9780691135281
مشخصات: xiii, 316 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
رده بندی کنگره: GN307.65
دیویی: 305.8
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چکیده

Millions of people around the world today spend portions of their lives in online virtual worlds. Second Life is one of the largest of these virtual worlds. The residents of Second Life create communities, buy property and build homes, go to concerts, meet in bars, attend weddings and religious services, buy and sell virtual goods and services, find friendship, fall in love--the possibilities are endless, and all encountered through a computer screen. Coming of Age in Second Life is the first book of anthropology to examine this thriving alternate universe.

Tom Boellstorff conducted more than two years of fieldwork in Second Life, living among and observing its residents in exactly the same way anthropologists traditionally have done to learn about cultures and social groups in the so-called real world. He conducted his research as the avatar "Tom Bukowski," and applied the rigorous methods of anthropology to study many facets of this new frontier of human life, including issues of gender, race, sex, money, conflict and antisocial behavior, the construction of place and time, and the interplay of self and group.

Coming of Age in Second Life shows how virtual worlds can change ideas about identity and society. Bringing anthropology into territory never before studied, this book demonstrates that in some ways humans have always been virtual, and that virtual worlds in all their rich complexity build upon a human capacity for culture that is as old as humanity itself.

 
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a study of virtual life from i


well-written and insightful study of sl with an interesting view of virtual worlds as actual alternative realities
 
2009/02/28

A Luddites Review


I have to admit that at first I thought an anthropological study of Second Life seemed a bit pre-mature, if not pretentious. I dunno. It just didn't seem to warrant that much attention since, until recently, my perspective on Second Life was that it was a piece of internet novelty and nothing more.
But my opinion about that and this book has changed.

First of all, I believe this book is important for people like myself who have never made so much as a binary print in the virtual landscape and yet still find themselves curious. People who have a daily diet of Second Life may be put off by the arms length academic tone of the book, but I'm not sure that the book is written for them. I feel as if I'm the audience, since every page is news to me and all of the descriptions did a more than ample job at satisfying my curiosities. My aging friend who is a college professor, and Second Life skeptic, would devour this book. He has no interest in joining Second Life, but he does asks questions about it. Mostly because he hears so much talk about it from his students. I also think people who have been following the ideas of Ray Kurzweil will also find this book helpful, since a lot of the psychology discussed in these pages speaks to the larger topics of Mind Transfer. At first, the digitization of "Mind" (whatever that is) was just fun pseudo-scientific speculation. But when the author begins to talk about "immersion" and the selfhood and all of its quiddities being projected into this environment, I began to wonder if this is the precursor to all of that futurist babble.

There was another book that made me rethink this one: "Being Virtual" by Davey Winder. Winder's book, which is much more anecdotal instead of academic, personalizes the leap into Second Life by offering a back story for each person characterized in his book. These two books paired together actually broke through the bias that I once held against simulated identities and environments. I won't say that this anthropological book brought me any closer to joining Second Life. But it's pulled me as far as could be expected out of the dark. And now it's in my library. An odd addition for a Luddite like myself.

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2009/02/21

A Very Important Book


This is one of the most important books written in the last few years. It might seem like simply an exploration of the anthropology of Second Life, but it is much more. As bandwidth become more available, virtual worlds will become standard in a society in a future not far from now. When that happens people will be faced with psychological and sociological issues really new to mankind, issues such as personal identity and your social status and significance. These questions will have profound effects on the question: What does it mean to be a person? When those questions are asked, Coming of Age in Second Life will become a standard reference book of life and meaning in virtual worlds. This is an academic book, but anyone with intelligence will read it and see in it our psychological future. A profoundly important book, it goes way beyond Second Life and is the first really cohesive book on what 50 years from now will be a change in how humans view themselves.
 
2008/11/04

A Future Classic


Writing as an anthropologist, I am deeply impressed by Tom Boellstorff's description of SecondLife "from an avatar's point of view," and by its clear and coherent engagement with theories of self, personhood, and "cyberworlding" generally speaking. I taught this book in a senior seminar on Cultural Identities/Differences, and while it was a reach for some students, it sparked a rich conversation about the ethics of identity-play and its flesh-world consequences, virtual self-enhancement and its relation to self-abnegation, the politics of corporate and individual authorship of persons, the valuation of social memory and purposeful forgetting in online/offline community "bleed through," and how creativity is problematized as a practice of consumptive production.

I can think of no field ethnographer who better writes the contemporary moment. In my view, this book is a future classic.

Debbora Battaglia
 
2008/09/13

A Serious Academic Study of Se


It was a joy to read a book about SecondLife where I kept nodding my head instead of gnashing my teeth. The chapters describing SL activities and social conventions rang true to me and focused on the things I love about SL - it's culture of community, sharing, and friendship. The author obviously knows SL well and loves being here.

It was also a joy to find a serious academic study about SecondLife. There aren't many of them out there yet, and a lot of the existing ones seem to be written by people who have only a nodding acquaintance with SL.

This book should be required reading for anyone who is considering using SecondLife as a platform for social research. The author draws heavily upon his knowledge about ethnographic traditions and his previous fieldwork in Indonesia, in order to place his fieldwork in SL into proper perspective. He does a good job of describing how his study was conducted and the ethical principles he employed while doing it.

If you are looking for sensational stories about genderbending or online sex, you probably won't find them here. If you need help learning how to use SecondLife or how to make money there, buy a different book. But if you would like to take a thoughtful look at the way people behave online during the early days of virtual worlds, this is the book for you.
 
2008/08/14

 
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