I like the tiny ghosts comics – each one is an attempt to tell a story in two sentences and images.
This one made me think about avatars and our identity – what part of ourselves we draw upon – what parts of ourselves we project on to others – what is real and what isn’t…
[update 4 February 2009]
This identity thing seems to be resonating for others, too. Dusan came at it from a number of directions in a post today, which evoked a number of comments, including this one from me:
Thinking back to my first SL experiences, I quickly got the message that in SL, people tended to avoid introducing themselves with things from their RL, such as name, age, sex, location, education, occupation, and maybe what car we drive as we typically do in informal social settings.
When I learned it was uncool in SL to tell those types of demographic parameters about myself, I had two realizations/reactions:
1. I realized how I had gotten used to my identity based on these things, and I almost felt handicapped to not have them if not for identity, then for small talk. This is one thing that led me to being a kid, because I was faced with the truth that I had confused my Self with my RL roles, something that, as a kid, I promised myself I would not do.
2. I then found the challenge of asking myself *who I really am* at my core with all the other trappings if identity stripped away. (paging mr. zen on line one… to take this call and receive the truth, you must release your hold on what you think it is…) And then, back in SL: given a basic cartoonish avatar shape and text chat, how would I project my true personality into that world for the other persons to grok and interact with?
And then also today, over at the SLC blog, Tepic posted asking, “Is a teen invasion looming?”, wondering not only how RL teens would interact with the SL adult world, in particular, with adults playing youth avatars. This once again got me thinking about our identities from a different angle:
I was having much the same thoughts as you – what would a bunch of teens in SL think of adults who have youth avatars?
That makes me wonder what the demographics are like in the teen grid- are they mostly humongous Barbie and Ken shapes, non-humans, SL versions of themselves, or what?
For each person in SL, there is an individual relationship between themselves and the fraction of which they use to fashion as their SL persona.
I know a lot of kid avatars in adult SL are not just wanting to return to a life before adult responsibilities and physical decrepitude; but sometimes wanting to go back and having something they didn’t when they were kids, such as family or friends or selves that they had dreamed of the first time around in that time of life.
So it could be there are teens that want the same thing – maybe having a parent that is missing in RL, or a sibling they never had, or any number of other things – that they could have by RP a young avatar.