GET ANOTHER LIFE
Something I’ve been wondering: are you people real?
I recently learned about an online “world” known as Second Life. In that place, you create an “avatar” for yourself, selecting a name and physical characteristics for your Second Life self. Then, in the form of your avatar, you go bopping around this alternate universe. You
can go dancing, hang out in coffee shops, meet and even “marry” other
users, start businesses, buy land, and build, in digital form, objects
of all sorts which you can keep or sell. Second Life has a thriving economy in both pretend money and real U.S. dollars. According
to an article in the (real world) newspaper, an Associated Press
reporter is assigned exclusively to cover Second Life.
got me thinking, how many people on Xanga are there as themselves, and
how many have invented an entirely fictional second self? After all, as an anonymous blogger you can say all the things you think, but would never say in real life. Or you can say things you don’t think at all, just to see how people respond. Or
you can stalk your ex by inventing an unlimited number of bogus
identities and interacting with him/her as all those different people,
when he/she thinks he/she is rid of you. Not that I would know anything about that.
Me, my transvestite_rabbit site is pretty much true to life. I admit, though, not everything I say is strictly true. I
got into trouble with my daddio for implying, in my last post, that he
was indifferent to my chicken poxy plight on that long-ago Thanksgiving. While the story as a whole is true, that conversation never happened, I made it up for effect. Sorry Dad.
Also, you may have noticed that I’m pretty outspoken in blog form, while my husband
rarely posts or even comments. But anyone who knows us in Real
Life will tell you that I’m very quiet and he’s quite chatty.
Even an honest online persona doesn’t tell the whole story.
But what about you? And you? I
have never met anyone from Xanga (except the ones I knew before I
dragged them kicking and screaming into this little community). And I
foolishly bypassed an opportunity to meet up with S__Diddy at a metal concert recently. So for all I know, he is a figment of my imagination, and so are the rest of y’all.
I went to Second Life with the intention of making myself an avatar, but I immediately got stuck by the name choice. It’s a big responsibility, choosing a name for a character that will live a life of his/her own. I can’t do it on the fly. What would you name your avatar? Or are you an avatar yourself?
And why, when there’s a whole big real world out there, do we need a second, phony one on the internet? I think it’s about community. Our big cities are so crowded, and yet so anonymous. Right this moment I’m sitting in a busy coffee shop, where I will converse with no one. But I’m talking to you, my Xanga friends. Are you for real?
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