Saturday, May 26, 2007

Tim Guest on virtual worlds

Watched Tim Guest plugging his book Second Lives from the Hay Festival this morning.

Guest, who grew up in a commune, believes that virtual worlds provide a modern solution to the alienation problem that drove his mother into the arms of the hippie counterculture: "How do we be together when we feel so alone".

He told the SKY reporter that over time people "become more honest" about themselves in Second Life. He believes that virtual worlds like SL will evolve to become as vivid and complete as real life. This is all very well and good, but what if people's virtual social behaviours also evolve to this point of such indistinguishability? What use are a bunch of honest, miserable, sociopathic avatars? Of course it could work the other way, with manners more appropriate to virtual situations crossing over.

SKY launches its virtual newsroom tomorrow.

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