Being Virtual : Who You Really Are Online

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Being Virtual : Who You Really Are Online

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 245 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780470723623
  • DDC分類 303.4833

Full Description


Thanks to the Internet, it has never been so easy to become the person of your wildest dreams. Immersive 3D worlds such as Second Life and THERE.com provide an escape route from the ordinary, into a virtual world where you have the power to mould your life in any way you please. Forget about walking, wheelchair users can fly. Pensioners wipe away the pains of age, discovering youthful exuberance and making young friends once more. No wonder it has become harder than ever to honestly answer the question: who am I? In Being Virtual, Davey Winder looks at how an increasing number of us are living part-real, part-virtual lives, and how it affects who we are. He looks at the opportunities and dangers that a virtual identity offers us, how we juggle our real and online lives, and what happens when one spills over into the other...He uses his own personal experiences to bring the issues to life, and backs them up with the real-life stories of others and testimony from the experts. Along the way, he looks at some fascinating questions such as: * Are you a virtual liar? * What happens when our virtual and real worlds collide?* Why will you talk to anyone online, but nobody on the train to work? * Why do so many middle-aged men transform into teenage girls online? * Is it possible to have any secrets in such a connected world? Being Virtual gives a glimpse into the future of human identity, and is a must-read for anyone who uses the Internet to enhance - or escape from - their 'ordinary' life. About the author Davey Winder has been a freelance journalist for 16 years, and is Contributing Editor of the best-selling IT magazine, PC Pro. He has picked up many awards including Technology Journalist of the Year and IT Security Journalist of the Year. A founder member of the Internet Society of England and author of more than 20 books, his blog can be found at: http://happygeeknewmedia.blogspot.com/

Table of Contents

Preface: New Beginnings                            ix
Section I Identity Crisis 1 (114)
Online Tribes 3 (10)
Growing Up Online 13 (26)
Enabling Technologies 39 (18)
With This Click, I Thee Wed 57 (26)
Gender Bending 83 (20)
Age Matters 103(12)
Section II Being There 115(26)
Virtual Worlds, Real Lives 117(16)
Social Networks and Second Lives 133(8)
Section III Game Over 141(48)
Addicted to Murder 143(10)
Rape of an Avatar 153(14)
The Taboo Busters 167(12)
Age Play 179(10)
Section IV Logging Off 189(30)
The Google Effect 191(14)
Oh My God, They Stole Kenny! 205(14)
Section V So Who Are We Online? 219(20)
The Collaborative You 221(18)
Index 239