How Real Are Virtual Worlds

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From a lecture as part of a course on collaborative virtual environments. Part of the thesis here is that despite the apparent newness of graphical virtual worlds, a lot of what happens is an extension of what has already been happening on the internet over the past decade - albeit more graphically!

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How Real Are Virtual Worlds

  1. 1. How real are virtual worlds? Daniel Livingstone University of the West of Scotland
  2. 2. 1994
  3. 3. Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (1997) Cybercultures reader (2nd Edition 2006) Medicalization of Cyberspace (2008) http://medicalizationofcyberspace.wordpress.com/
  4. 4. Law and Disorder in Cyberspace http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2008/02/ziggy-revealed.html http://www.virtuallawconference.com/ http://virtuallyblind.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/cyberone/
  5. 5. Crimes against the person Is there a person in cyberspace to be harmed? Read: A rape in cyberspace by Julian Dibbell
  6. 6. http://secondlife.reuters.com/stories/2006/10/15/us-congress-launchs-probe-into-virtual-economies/ http://secondlife.reuters.com/stories/2006/10/15/us-congress-launchs-probe-into-virtual- economies/
  7. 7. Where there are laws ... there are politicians 2001: quot;Indeed, only 16% of MPs have their own websites, and a recent survey described most of those as comically inept.quot; 2007: US Congress representative gives press conference in Second Life followed by a presidential candidate 2007: (Unofficial) Front National HQ opens in Second Life - and is met with vigorous protests
  8. 8. http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/dailyprayer/
  9. 9. Faith and Spirituality USA Today Support for Healing (on YouTube) Yesha in Second Life - Christian Ministry secondlife://Yesha/171/213/31/ Do virtual worlds enhance online worship?
  10. 10. Career and love online: Alayne Wartell's Second Life (Channel 4)
  11. 11. Virtual Relationships Infidelity on the Internet Wonderland: Virtual Adultery and Cyberspace Love
  12. 12. Promoting real environments with virtual ones...
  13. 13. Some References Politics: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/1132136.stm http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/03/31/obama-is-first-in-their-second-life/ http://www.secondlifeherald.com/slh/2007/04/obama_puppet_in.html Front National in SL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/jan/20/news.france http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2007/01/stronger_than_h.html Faith in SL: http://supportforhealing.com/ http://www.usatoday.com/tech/gaming/2007-04-01-second-life-religion_N.htm http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/15/AR2007061501902.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm9xYWYUxI4 Virtual Relationships: http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2001/jan/21/life1.lifemagazine2 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Infidelity-Internet-Virtual-Relationships-Betrayal/dp/1570717222 Promoting real environments: Virtual Holland: http://www.ourvirtualholland.nl/en Swedish Embassy in SL: http://www.sweden.se/templates/cs/Article____16345.aspx Businesses based on real environments: http://www.dublinsl.com/index.php

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