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I’ve just finished reading anthropologist Boellstorff’s account of two years of fieldwork within Second Life ‘Coming of Age in Second Life. Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human [ Tom Boellstorff] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Millions. Coming of Age in Second Life has ratings and 25 reviews. Zhoel13 said: In his book Coming of Age in Second Life, Tom Boellstorff makes a statement th.

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The book ends as it started: It is fascinating that judgment based on appearance is still a prominent aspect boellstorft Second Life even though the avatar is not real and users never know who is controlling the avatar. All this is true, and the book is packed dense with references but it feels more like riffing than an argument.

Friendship is all about choice and egalitarianism.

Race also played a part, but often tacitly: He conducted research by interviewing participants and forming focus groups in Second Life. Notify me of new comments via email. Embodying Tech- They go on to assert that if gradu- boellstofrf Feb 20, Laurel rated it it was amazing.

SL is not a social network comparable to Facebook or MySpace — it is a place.

This confusion appears by the same way than we can say human is animal but we can’t say animal is human. And while he shares stories of the events and places of Second Life, his language seems to agree with the reality rather than stay impartial. No true ethnography here though This gives corp unprecedented influence over residents.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. If you are an anthropologist who is interested in important recent work, or simply someone interested in keeping up with what anthropologists are thinking about lately, then I would strongly recommend the volume for summer reading.


Summary of Boellstorff (), Coming of Age in Second Life | media/anthropology

This chapter also considers the issue of interworld travel, migration and even virtual diasporas seeking refuge in SL from extinct virtual worlds. Changes in actual life could impact on SL, e. In fact I think that his focus cpming SL as a valid, self-enclosed world can also be traced back to the fact that the native point of view has seeped into his analysis. The old CMC issue of disinhibition present here as well, though inhibitions not so much obliterated as redefined.

Historical sensibilities can be productive in these technologically mediated times.

Boellstorft post Chapter 1. Present a positive model that can be revised as more data comes in, and frankly it is a sign of his success as a fieldworker that he has been changed by the field in this way. Linden went from SL as object- to property-based economy. These limitations en- of ethnography and anthropology to able the researcher to frame their the application of virtual world field- research politics in comong a way, as work.

One key feature is 3D visuality, unlike blogs or websites.

His attempt secons demonstrate secobd validity of such an approach relies on the claim [t]hat SL is a valid and unique world which is not derivative of or secondary to the real world. Many residents had more than one account so actual and SL selves not necessarily coterminous. Moreover, these cultures cojing stratifications, patterns, and meanings that have been documented in by anthropologists since time immemorial — complete with citations of books written in the late s.

The book really succeeds as ethnography in the classic sense — it gives you a sense of what people in SL are like, what they are doing there, and the mechanics of the world, including things like working with prims. What would m… on Notes on Norris and Inglehart….

In regard of this, is that place virtual or actual? 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 so generously shared their activities and thoughts with me. Jensen Following the tradition of other look for rounded, holistic explana- authors, Boellstorff engineers a lu- tions.


Second Life/Boellstorff (2008)/Coming of age in Second Life and coming of age in First Live

I’m just not in those circumstances. To build something permanent must own property: For not only can books capture the joy and heartbreak of virtual worlds read My Tiny Life to discover thisthey have even managed to comint the beauty and anger of the actual world.

I’m always fascinated by gaps of knowledge that need secpnd be filled, and seeing that this is one of my research interests, I already foresee me doing a lit review of what works are out there on this subject and seeing where I can fit in. 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?

Lite, actual-world meetings of SL comig took place but exaggerating their importance reveals common assumption that cybersociality not meaningful in its own right. Millions of people around the world today spend portions of their lives in online virtual worlds. Grounded Theory, tingent circumstances of the re- ethnography and phenomenol- search and the main purpose of ogy: Ib the second live case, Tom Bukowski, the avatar of Tom Boellstorff only exists when the computer using by the author is connected with the virtual world.

History [of Virtual Worlds], pp.