Getting a bit late

One of me in SL

This is "me"

Well this is getting a bit late even for me :$ Afraid I’ve been rather busy today and have only just got round to getting this out. This post is particularly aimed at the students I was with today on Introduction to New Media (MECS1008) but it might interest a few other people too. Just want to say well done to Ban for being the first to sort out his avatar and email me – I do love it when a plan comes together:) There are just a few things I want to provide for the folks on the module.

Rebecca and I mentioned some reading we would like you to do before we meet on 27th February and 5th March. The first of these is Reinventing Ourselves: Contemporary Concepts of Identity in Virtual Worlds By Anna Peachey, Mark Childs. This can be found in Google Books and you should read pages 13-21. The second piece to read is at http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/66555 Virtual Worlds: A Performative Perspective on Globally Distributed, Immersive Work, from MIT, released on a Creative Commons License. Please read all of this if you wish but it is a little long so concentrate on pages 12-15. This article is from the Sloane School of Management at MIT and, besides providing an insight into identity in virtual worlds also demonstrates just how widely, and increasingly, used virtual worlds are in business. You might also like to read part of an excellent book by Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailinson called Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution. This book can also be found on Google Books; you should read the section called The Virtual Laboratory but be careful you could get hooked into reading the rest of the book 🙂

Remember if you have any problems with either your avatars or these readings please get in touch with me by email (k.johnson@worc.ac.uk).

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About timjohnson
I came through a tortuous path to the role of Adviser in Digital Literacy in the Information and Learning Services Department. In the past I was a: Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics, Senior Lectuer in Midwifery, Midwifery Sister, Staff Midwife, Nurse, Secretary, Bars Manager. I would have liked to be a jeweller and silver smith but of course there is always retirement for that :)

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