Living Virtually: Researching New Worlds

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Peter Lang, 2009 - Art - 296 pages
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Virtual worlds are most often three dimensional locales, where people create virtual personae (called avatars) who come to play, socialize, and work. This edited collection of groundbreaking research on virtual worlds offers a wide-ranging look at the sociology, politics, and communication practices in virtual worlds from a group of scholars in the United States and abroad.
 

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Contents

Technological Developments and Transitions
11
The Sociotechnical Infrastructures
23
An Analysis of
47
On the Construction
67
Live Music and
111
What Does It Mean
131
Identity and Gender In Second Life
145
A Case Study of
165
Real Business and Real
191
A Critical
209
Toward a Democratic Theory
231
The Educational Affordances of Multi User
257
Virtual Journalism and Second Life
271
Index
291
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The Editor: Don Heider is an author, researcher, and award-winning broadcast news journalist. He has authored/edited several books including Managing Television News: A Handbook for Ethical and Effective Producing (co-authored with Bill Silcock and Mary Rogus), Class and News and White News: Why Local News Programs Don t Cover People of Color.

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