[SLED] Re: Virtual World - definition (IMHO)

AJ sorry.afk at gmail.com
Sun Sep 7 12:47:09 PDT 2008


I know a number of people use First Life, but that is, in and of itself,
only a contrast to the application Second Life.  What would someone who only
goes into Project Wonderland call their non-virtual life?  :-)


On Sun, Sep 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM, Nanci Burk <drnmburk at gmail.com> wrote:

> In total agreement with AJ on this one.  Every virtual interaction is in
> fact REAL, w/ a real human, in real time (unless we're leaving IMs), and has
> real impact on others.  Perhaps the term FIRST life is more accurate in this
> situation, although I've avoided that term previously.
> On Sun, Sep 7, 2008 at 7:35 AM, Dick Seabrook <dick.seabrook at gmail.com>wrote:
>> On Sun, Sep 7, 2008 at 9:32 AM, AJ <sorry.afk at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Real.  Hmmm....this is something I've been thinking about for while and
>>> spent a good deal of time talking to folks about here at SLEDcc.
>>> I have an issue with contrasting the virtual experience by calling it
>>> "real life".  My experiences in SL are real.  The social interactions, the
>>> learning, the communication, the emotions that come from those experiences,
>>> all very real.
>>> So I'm not sure I'd agree that a virtual world is not real.  I'm not sure
>>> the things that happen in virtual worlds are not real world phenomena.  I
>>> think people refer to non-virtual world as real life because no better term
>>> has been agreed on yet.
>>> So, the question really becomes, what is real?
>>> aj
>>> Since whatever we know about this "reality" place is filtered through our
>> senses (at the moment),
>> one place is pretty much as good as another depending on the opportunities
>> for interaction
>> and the quality of experience it provides.
>> Dick S.
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AJ Kelton
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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Montclair State University (MSU)
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College of Education and Human Services, MSU


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