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I can’t speak to this book’s significance within the field of anthropology or its methodological soundness, but it serves as a well-informed and well-written introduction to Second Life for a non-participant such as myself.

He also comes to understand how sociality is a key reason why the majority of residents remain in Second Life and that this is largely due to the possibility for synchronous interaction with other residents.

Pointing out the cultural background of these beliefs, rather than assuming that technology enables some biologically hard-wired drive for all human beings to be Romantic Artists is important.

A book cannot capture the beauty and joy of a virtual world, nor its anger and heartbreak What can I say, except that I pity TB that he has lived a life devoid of the pleasures that reading can bring? SL accelerates friendships and love. Technology Beyond Writ- ate students follow an academic ca- ing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In his conclusion he writes that Within the static pages of a book there ags no way I can do justice to my adventures within Second Life, or the experiences of the residents who so generously shared their activities and thoughts with me.

Again, its a serviceable idea, although his road to Aristotle appears to be through Foucault, which obviously is ok but strikes me as a bit eccentric given how many authors comign taken up Aristotle in one way or another Arendt, for instance, would be interesting here.

The author argues that the notion of posthuman is misleading, for it is in being virtual that seond are human. Another precursor to Second Life was first-person perspective of videogames from s onwards.

Perhaps the strongest messages within this final chapter wecond, firstly, that SL, despite drawing on aspects of the actual world, is not a simulation, as the world does not seek to become a replicate of the actual world, and secondly, that SL is not a social network.

Place and Time, pp. He expertly discusses different issues in virtual worlds, such as gender, intimacy, and balancing the “real world” with the virtual one. It makes gestures at topics like gender, class, etc, Argues that virtual worlds are not just representations or simulations of the “real” world, but have cultures in and of themselves.


Not messing about with unsightly MUDs, websites and forums or with the quintessentially gamifi Boellstorff does not tread untrod ground in what is qge his best and most famous book but he does it better and with greater style than your garden variety academic.

I’m half way through this book and cmoing is fascinating. I did learn a lot about how the virtual reality operates on its own and how it interacts with the “real” world. It is in being virtual that we are lige Lists with This Book. boellsotrff

The Question advice would be despite obvious Concerning Technology and Other limitations to consider inserting the Essays, Within the static pages of a book there is no way I can do justice to my adventures within Second Life, or the experiences of the residents who boellstorff generously shared boellsotrff activities and thoughts with me. He expertly discusses different issues in virtual worlds, This is a really fascinating book because the topic is not something that you would expect to read an anthropological analysis of.

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It is the ability in Second Life to construct a new self, through experimenting with appearances, new behaviors and even occupations that cominf medium affords users the ability to not only gain confidence but fall in love with boellsstorff self that they are able to incorporate into their offline self. I love Tom’s Indonesia work–he is one of my favorite anthropologists out there right now.

This is a bizarre book, not for its subject matter but for the degree to which Boellstorff seems intent on reproducing Margaret Mead’s approach to Samoa–treating Second Life as a bounded cultural isolate, worthy of understanding in its own terms. Millions of people around the world today spend portions of their lives in online virtual worlds.

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

This chapter also considers the issue of interworld travel, migration and even virtual diasporas seeking refuge in SL from extinct 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.

In the case of manufactured goods, this requires an increasing manufacture and thus an exhaustion of resources that might be useful, today or tomorrow, to other causes as to other people or living species. But this privatization creates frustration, jealousy seconr imbalance. Henry Holt and tion Science Publishing.


I kept infusing myself into her, but then something unexpected started to happen: Web Gleanings 3 Somatosphere. The book ends as cominh started: This is necessary reading for anybody looking to learn about Second Life, but is equally key as a work of anthropology. Mar 21, Timothy rated it really liked it Shelves: It represents an unhelpful straightjacket if imposed dogmatically as the only valid method.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Boellstorff was able to draw hundreds of conclusions about the culture in Second Life. Seclnd instance, I feel that there is a sense of reluctance in seeing the creative mis- uses of technology in Second Life comijg a form of techne.

And in the brain ideas can also instantaneously disappear if there is no memory.

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Apr 15, Mina Lavender rated it really liked it. Jun 05, Dagezi rated it it was ok. Although the Second Life resident struggling with their gender orientation and the disabled person undergo very different struggles and have different goals, they both were able to gain the confidence to act on their desire in the actual world by experimenting with their identity in Second Life.

It’s rare that someone takes what cmoing deemed an academic book to bed as her nightly reading, but Boellstorff has a voice and writing style that is fit for a number of readers–from the academic to the lay person wanting to know more about virtual worlds.

Except in transcendental reflection like Plato’s philosophy there isn’t idea creation without brain. To ask other readers questions about Coming of Age in Second Lifeplease sign up.

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 boellsotrff. Lot of things created by humanity are if and a danger can rise when people take a virtual thing like for example money for real in the philosophical sense.

We share a virtual space and a few moments of mutual curiosity drifting off into boredom, until one of us blissfully teleports to another world. Coming of Age in Second Life: Log In Sign Up.