Hello Avatar: Rise of the Networked Generation

Hello Avatar: Rise of the Networked Generation

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by B. Coleman, Clay Shirky
     
 

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Hello Avatar! Or, {llSay(0, "Hello, Avatar!"); is a tiny piece of user-friendly code that allows us to program our virtual selves. In Hello Avatar, B. Coleman examines a crucial aspect of our cultural shift from analog to digital: the continuum between online and off-, what she calls the "x-reality" that crosses between the virtual and the real. She looks

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Hello Avatar! Or, {llSay(0, "Hello, Avatar!"); is a tiny piece of user-friendly code that allows us to program our virtual selves. In Hello Avatar, B. Coleman examines a crucial aspect of our cultural shift from analog to digital: the continuum between online and off-, what she calls the "x-reality" that crosses between the virtual and the real. She looks at the emergence of a world that is neither virtual nor real but encompasses a multiplicity of network combinations. And she argues that it is the role of the avatar to help us express our new agency -- our new power to customize our networked life.By avatar, Coleman means not just the animated figures that populate our screens but the gestalt of images, text, and multimedia that make up our online identities -- in virtual worlds like Second Life and in the form of email, video chat, and other digital artifacts. Exploring such network activities as embodiment, extreme (virtual) violence, and the work in virtual reality labs, and offering sidebar interviews with designers and practitioners, she argues that what is new is real-time collaboration and copresence, the way we make connections using networked media and the cultures we have created around this. The star of this drama of expanded horizons is the networked subject -- all of us who represent aspects of ourselves and our work across the mediascape.

Editorial Reviews

Alex Shakar
This is an academic book, written for media theorists rather than lay readers, but IT professionals will appreciate Coleman's hands-on approach, including interviews with new media designers and forays into various X-reality frontiers…Coleman makes a reasoned case that our quest for actualization across realities is linked with our growing interconnection, and in this there is cause for hope.
—The Washington Post
From the Publisher
"... a well-researched, engaging book that will amplify your curiosity for the virtual landscapes."—Dr. Ornella Corazza,Leonardo Reviews
Leonardo Reviews - Dr. Ornella Corazza
...a well-researched, engaging book that will amplify your curiosity for the virtual landscapes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262302739
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/04/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
File size:
7 MB

What People are saying about this

Nicholas Mirzoeff
As engagingly written as it is insightful and eye-opening, Hello Avatar is the indispensable guide to the new era of X-computing.

John Palfrey
In Hello Avatar, Coleman explains to us what is happening at the edges of networked society in profound and revealing ways. She provokes the best in us by pushing the boundaries of our thinking about identity and culture in a digitally mediated world. She manages to operate at the most serious level of theory and the most immediate level of design and practice in the same text. Coleman's new book is a true gift, to the scholar, to the designer, and to the general reader alike.

From the Publisher
"As engagingly written as it is insightful and eye-opening,Hello Avatar is the indispensable guide to the new era of X-computing." — Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor of Media, Culture,and Communication, New York University; author of The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality

"In Hello Avatar, Coleman explains to us what is happening at the edges of networked society in profound and revealing ways. She provokes the best in us by pushing the boundaries of our thinking about identity and culture in a digitally mediated world. She manages to operate at the most serious level of theory and the most immediate level of design and practice in the same text. Coleman's new book is a true gift, to the scholar, to the designer, and to the general reader alike." — John Palfrey, faculty co-director,Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Meet the Author

B. Coleman is Assistant Professor of Writing and New Media in MIT's Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and Comparative Media Studies. She is Faculty Director of the C3 Game Culture and Mobile Media initiative.

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