Week 1


In the article, “Same Shit, Different World” by, Lauren Bans, argues that virtual worlds like Second Life, give a person a chance to be someone they are not in real life. In the beginning of the article Bans talks about a man name Ric who has an illegitimate second life, on “second life.” He is everything he wants to be in real life. He chooses to be thinner, thicker hair, and more adventurous riding motorcycles with his second wife. While reading this I felt this is cheating. This man spends 14 hours on this application, and is living in a fantasy world. People are addicted by this concept of the idealism. I feel this fantasy could become a reality. If he wanted thicker hair, and to be slimmer, and more adventurous with a wife. Those are all things that could happen. Second Life should be able to give people the courage to make these life changes in Real Life, not having them spend half of the day in a world that will never change. I find it a waste of a time when 14 hours are spent in a virtual world. However the concept of being able to be yourself, and feel confident enough to do this you normally would not do in real life is encouraging, and I would hope to see that this would encourage users to maybe one day make the change and stand up for their identity, and also  gain confidence in who they want to be. Life would be a lot happier if this was the case. 


As the article progresses, Ban talks about a couple who met on Second Life, and really formed a true relationship. Although the never met, they still had strong feelings for one another. As the relationship progressed, to even talk of marriage, the two figured out they were both cons of who they perceived to be. People’s feelings were hurt and a catfish has been caught. Online dating is a great tool, and I am a huge advocate for it. I have many friends who are married to the love’s of their lives, and they met online, but there are the cases of people faking their identity. The difference on Second Life, is these people may not be who they said they are, but they have the advantage to change their identity , they are free to do so, and in their eyes they are not lying. This is how they want to be, but this is the disadvantage to second life, because people get caught up, ad begin to believe that second life is their primary life, and it can end up hurting themselves. I have very mixed feelings about using a virtual world for personal use. I feel it would be more successful as a teaching resource, or for businesses.



Week 2.


In the article describing the Proteus Effect, written by, Nick Yee & Jeremy Bailenson discuss how Online game users, and in virtual worlds use how they represent themselves as defining their identity. Users have the luxury to represent themselves in any way they want. Usually people tend to get creative and make themselves into something they are not in real life. It is a fantasy world they are in. Most users get addicted to playing games and using virtual world for this sole reason. They are obsessed with portraying themselves in a better light then they are in real life. 


The proteus effect describes how users are able to take on different self representations, and how that changes their behaviors. Being able to change our identity in virtual environments is more affordable then making changes in real life. Virtual life in general seems to be an easier route in escaping to world where one would feel accepted. People alter their personas on the environment they are in. I feel this can dangerous because people who get extremely into the game “world” can bring their behaviors into real life. For example, I feel a lot of these school shooting can maybe stem from the video game world they are sucked into. I personally know a kid who is 15 and plays video games constantly, he is sucked into his headphone and locked away in his room for hours. I feel the escape of  real world would have to eventually psychologically effect the brain. Certain people are more prone to psychological disorders, and this would only make matters worse. There has been to many devastation with school shootings, and now they have expanded to movies and the mall. In some of these instances people dressed up in costumes, believing they were another identity then what they were brought up to be. Most of the time the parents are in shock, and have no idea where these behaviors have come from. 




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Week 4


This week I missed. 











week 5,


In the article “Look at Us”, by Andrew L Mendelson, and Zizi Parcharrsi argues that social media picture that are uploaded are a definition of our self representation. In other words, the pictures we post are a representation of how we want to portray ourselves to our followers. I definitely agree with this because people post pictures that they want everyone to look at because this is how they want people to see them. For example, this whole new phenomenon on the “Selfie” is all about taking pictures of yourself and uploading them for people to see. This picture usually consists of pictures that the uploader thinks looks good. There are famous poses that are done for people to enhance their features. For example, girls may do a “kissy face” to enhance their lips. Boys may flex their muscles to enhance their physique. The reason these users go all out in posting these photos is gain attention they want their followers to notice them and like their picture or comment. The more likes and comments a user gets then the more it boost their egos, and helps them gain confidence. Also on someone’s social media page you’ll find other photos, it could be of things they like to do, their career, friends, family, pets, and or favorite music. All these features on their page lets followers get a good idea of who they are, and what is important to them. They display their identity through these photos. On my facebook, they are all pictures of my family, friends, and cat. These are the most important things to me in my life, and are actually my life so a person visiting my page would get this impression. OH! and also my relationship for Rutgers. That is on their too !  I have some strong feelings about this school I attend, lets just say it will be bitterSWEET leaving!



week 6, 


In the article, “From Treehouse to Barracks,” authors argue that games like World of War craft creates a social environment where users form relationships, and continue to build on them while playing this game. From the readings through out the week I recognized a pattern, and how users of virtual worlds, and games are not only getting addicted to these games because they are entertaining, but also because of the relationships they are building online. Gamers alter their personas in the online world, and gain the confidence to build relationships. The authors of this article study the relationships between gamers in World of War craft, and wanted to hypothesize the reasoning behind the groups of people of who formed connections. What correlates between each groups and what do they do in these formed social groups. A bunch of research was done to help answer these questions, and they formed guilds to help lead them to a conclusion.  It was hard for me to understand this article, but from my own personal experience using online gaming resources I noticed groups that stay connected are usually based up age level, and how often a user is active on the game, the more experienced a user has, the more they will find the people on the game who have the same interest. 


Week 7



In the article “Living in virtual communities,” by Carter talks about the authenticity of virtual contexts. In my experience on social media networks, it is common to keep personal information, like address, and phone number on the down low. There are a lot of people that are frauds online, and they seem and look like they are someone who maybe interesting to you, but in fact they can be very dangerous. The web allows you to put whatever information you want others to perceive you as, and this can be a bad because a lot of these frauds are dangerous. I remember when the internet started getting huge, there would be news specials on kids who would talk to strangers online, and decide to meet up with these people and realizing they were not who they expected. I remember my mom stressing, make sure to not put my address on myspace, and personal information, and how there are “bad” people online. It is extremely hard to tell who is authentic or who is a fraud. Carter questions how can you tell if someone is being truthful or not. In my opinion its really hard to tell. Even in real life it is hard to tell when people are being truthful. People are frauds in person just as much as they are online. The exception here is that online it makes it easier to lie because people do not have advantage to the verbal and nonverbal cues, a person usually makes when they lie. They can look away, or look to the ground when they lie in person. Online it makes it easier to be more confident and seem “real” to what they are portraying. I am also guilty of some truth not being so true on social media. For example, I only choose pictures that are positioned, and filtered to make me look better. I do not look as good in person as I do online. I can edit photos, and crop out things to make them look better. People want to look perfect, and show only the good things to portray a certain lifestyle to others. We are all guilty of this.



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