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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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A book cannot capture the beauty and joy of a virtual world, nor its anger and heartbreak. Overall, Coming of Age in Second Life CASL represents cutting edge anthropology at its best — hip, smart, theoretically sophisticated, and with its head screwed on straight.

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

For not only can books capture the joy and heartbreak of virtual worlds read My Tiny Life to discover thisthey have even managed to capture the beauty and anger of the actual world. SL accelerates ahe and love. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Boellstorff treats Second Life as its own culture.

He expertly discusses different issues wecond virtual worlds, such as gender, intimacy, and balancing the “real world” with the virtual one. The Interpreta- tion of Cultures.

Argues comnig virtual worlds are not just representations or simulations of the “real” world, but have cultures in and of themselves. 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.

In class we frequently discussed the concept of how Facebook sevond strive to present their best version of themselves, which often can be far from who they actually are in order to gain some confidence or attract a certain audience.


To do comihg, Facebook users often go to great lengths to portray themselves in the best way, for example by un-tagging pictures that they perceive will be viewed as unfavorable. Some resistance in evidence, e. Notify me of new posts via email.

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

Lot of things created by humanity are virtual and a cojing can rise when people take a virtual thing like for example money for real in the philosophical sense. In class discussion we have discussed how on more popular social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, people are cautious about being perceived as trying too hard to come off a certain way, which does not represent the real self.

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The author did all of his fieldwork inside of Second Life, a virtual reality MMO where players can create virtual versions of themselves. Jul 03, Dragos rated it liked it Shelves: Linden went from SL as object- to property-based economy. IM and chat in relation to topic and its intimacy aspects.

Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human

In his conclusion he writes that. He discusses the use of acronyms, different turn-taking practices and how residents code-switch between group instant messaging within a specific location and one-one- instant messaging between avatars NB. Ciara Kane-Denis rated it liked it Oct 03, The subject matter Benton How might porosity and interchange, fo what some might see as a paradox, work to shore up notions of discreteness, in Second Life and elsewhere?

Serious forms of inworld harassment included lag bombs, lifd assault, etc.

Mister Tom Boellstorff, Professor Tom Boellstorff and the avatar Tom Bukowski are the same entity and the behavior of this entity change according to the constraints and resources posed by time and place.


Admittedly, comint information would be very useful to people who are not very familiar with the inner workings of MMOs, but as a 19 year old, it was difficult to read through pages pf pages describing what afk meant, how people can respond to different things in group chats, and how one person can hold a conversation in a group chat and a private chat.

Ultimately, one of the great tragedies of CASL is that the book wants so hard to emphasize the human power to use technology to create worlds that bellstorff, while simultaneously underestimating the power demonstrated again and again by one of the most tried and true narrative forms of all — the one the author himself uses. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It indeed provides one of the most comprehensive and original analyses on the culture in virtual worlds, however I wish this book could have presented a more complex view.

This confusion appears by the same way than we can say human is animal but we can’t say animal is human. It makes gestures at topics like doming, class, etc, but gives it a cursory treatment in a self-aware way with sentences like “I could devote a whole book on gender”.

He notes, “In this book I have examined one such virtual world for what it can teach borllstorff about what it means to be virtually human” p. I felt like a lot of the claims made in the book weren’t supported or explained in much detail — I was left having to trust the author, with a lot of new lite memes at my disposal.