When I sent Polygon my profile of the man behind AM Radio, I also sent the editors the photo I took of him during our first real life meeting in Austin. That image never made it to the final edition that's now online, so I was about to just post it right here on New World Notes.
Then a thought hit me: While there's many SLers who've been curious to know what AM Radio looks like in real life, there's probably as many who prefer only to know him as his avatar, as pictured above. Because his avatar identity is so finely crafted, and integrated with his virtual art installations, it's likely that that's the case. I personally was fascinated to meet him in real life -- and to also contrast both of his identities while we were hanging out in the flesh.
So, a compromise: I put my photo of AM Radio's owner after the break, along with the photo that provoked Patton Oswalt to crack wise about the rock star he resembled; if you want to see them, click on, click on:
"[While his] work as AM Radio is behind him, the person I meet in Austin still reflects the changes his avatar has bestowed on him... as we talk, spectacularly attractive women in cowboy boots and skintight jeans, there for SXSW, keep giving [him] sidelong looks as they pass, perusing his long hair and self-assured air, likely wondering what rock star he must surely be. And while they do, [he] tells about the end of his Second Life career." Read the rest here.
AM Radio pic by Isolde.
"Now with the real-world confidence he gained from being AM Radio, he's also succeeded as a leader in his company, even heading the team that created a civic data system that won a Webby award last year. Berg was at the ceremony to accept it. 'I was up on the same stage as Jerry Seinfeld and Kevin Spacey and also got made fun of by Patton Oswalt in front of a thousand people, which was actually a lot of fun.'" Read the rest here.
Photo of AM Radio by Isolde Flamand.
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