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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Click here to sign up. That said, ownership is important dimension of SL sociality, non-owners are socially impaired. And what is second except a big storage of ideas located inside an interactive place.

It’s rare that someone takes what is deemed an academic book to bed as her nightly reading, but Boellstorff has a voice and writing style that is fit for a number of readers–from the academic to the lay person wanting to know more about virtual worlds. That piqued my interest. The references back to classics of ethnographic research are charming, and the bibliography is truly excellent.

Barbara Piperata rated it really liked it Jun 16, Beautiful, but sadly out of date. There are nine boundaries of time and geographi- chapters spanning the three sec- cal distance.

But my experience in a few hours very limited, to be sure is that it is possible to carry on mind-numbingly awkward “chats” with outlandishly curvaceous and lightly clad avatars. SL is not a social network comparable to Facebook or MySpace — it is a place. These limitations en- of ethnography and anthropology secoond able the researcher to frame their the application of virtual world field- research politics in such a way, as work. I’m trying to imagine what real life circumstances would attract me to spending any significant amount of time in this world, and I suppose I can think of a few.

His attempt to demonstrate the validity of such an approach relies on the claim [t]hat SL is a valid and unique world which is not derivative of or secondary to the real world.

Ironic that a book that’s going to be being read in anthro intros in is such a missed opportunity. Sep 18, Giuseppe rated it it was amazing. He notes many times in his prose that an entire book could be written on this or that aspect of life online.


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This causes a real danger of self destruction when people in an endless search for money comes to destroy vital resources by polluting for example, atmosphere, water and soil, without thinking that this money is aimed precisely to obtain vital resources that they are destroying.

For SL residents social places are paramount. SL accelerates friendships and love. What is ot point….

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

This boellstodff appears by the same way than we can say human is animal but we can’t say animal is human. The author did all of his fieldwork inside of Second Life, a virtual reality MMO where players can create virtual versions of themselves. Sep 05, Mikhaela rated it liked it. May 28, KT rated it really liked it.

Lot of things created by humanity are virtual and a danger can rise when people take a virtual thing like for example money for real in the philosophical sense. I chose this book to understand more about why users turn to Second Life as a medium for self-expression, and after completing this book, I fully understand how this virtual world allows users to not only express themselves but also experiment with their identities far beyond what any other social network affords.

Boellstorff does not tread untrod ground in what is probably his best and most famous book but he does it better and with greater style than your garden variety academic. Many residents had more than one account so actual and SL selves not necessarily coterminous. Coming of Age in Second Life: I would have liked to have seen more of a focus on the cultural history of American responses to consumerism and notions of authenticity, since this would have given a more precise understanding of the specific milieu TB is working on… if, that is, we knew for certain that his research subjects were American.

What can ethnography tell us about virtual worlds? SL brought about new forms of online intimacy, not just reflection of actual world. This indifference creates at the heart of our cities as between nations many feelings of hatred and revolt. In his conclusion he writes that. I just think than words virtual and actual aren’t adequate to indicate a situation inside and outside of second live.


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

Again, its a serviceable idea, although his road to Aristotle appears to be through Foucault, which obviously is ok but strikes me as a bit eccentric given how many authors have taken up Aristotle in one way or another Arendt, for instance, would be interesting here. Borrowing title and theory from classical anthropology the author gives us a complex ethnography in the digital medium in perhaps one of the ‘digital worlds’, to paraphrase the book, most suited for classical anthropological pursuits.

The ambiguous binarism virtual-actual thus don’t look very helpful in this anthropological field.

The customs, ceremo- of thousands of persons [sic] who nies and transactions that the grad- might live on separate continents uate student will come across in spent part of their lives online. Od half way through this book and it is fascinating. For several decades, money is mostly made up of computer data. The residents of Second Life create communities, buy property and build homes, go to concerts, meet in bars, attend weddings and religious services, buy and sell virtual goods and services, find friendship, fall in lov Millions of people around the world today spend portions of their lives in online virtual worlds.

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Doing Ethnographic Re- of Aesthetics Given that the man’s partner, Bill Maurer has presided over the clming of language, this sort of almost positivist unreconstructed Boasianism is not a little surprising–maybe they have a Jack Spratt and spouse thing going on when it comes to high-flown This is a bizarre book, not for its subject boellsgorff 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.

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