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Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Shon Charisma

Interesting video. As an African American (IRL and ISL), I've been looking at how race is played out in SL and during the almost two years I've been on SL, I've been going through a race/identity growth process. In the social circles I move in, in world most of the AAs are lighter-skinned--both male and female. It's almost to the point where this color has become neutralized in-world, the norm of black folks. During my time in-world, my color changed from light to dark, and I've noticed how "exotic" I'm found by others now that my race is decidedly marked, and just like in real life where I am more often than not the only black in the room, in world, I often feel that way and in how people communicate with me, I feel that way even more.

Shon Charisma

Meant interesting audio. LOL

Hamlet Au

Haha thanks. I sure wouldn't want any video of me at 4 in the fricking morning!

June Stormcrow

I have a black skin in sl despite the fact that I am a pale irish person irl. It does seem to intimidate some people, but I love the idea of dark elves that are actually dark, so I haven't changed it in at least 6 months despite some comments that I should. Yes, that is right, I've been told I should wear a lighter skin to fit in better. Grey was even too dark for some when I was a noob. That mentality almost made me walk away from sl, but I found a better community to hang in and stayed.

Like everything in sl, this question comes down to the community you find yourself in. If people give you crap about your skin color, they aren't really worth your time and you should find somewhere more enjoyable to be. On sl, this is very easy to do.

Adeon Writer

My avatar is not human, therefore anything I say about race and is probably invalid. The clothing style choices still are representative of my personality, though.

Arwyn Quandry

As some of you have seen on here, I'm nothing like my avatar. I feel more comfortable being black in SL and rarely, if ever, wear a Caucasian style. I also switch forms, become a child, a Na'vi, a furry, just about anything. My saying is that I'm not here to confine myself in one form. While it might confuse people, I enjoy myself.

Arcadia Codesmith

One thing to remember is that kids who grow up with virtual worlds are a relatively new phenomenon. It's far too early to say with any degree of confidence whether the majority of them will transition to mundane representations of themselves as adults (due either to their own inclination or to online societal pressure to conform), or whether their willingness to experiment with alternate identities represents a fundamental shift in cultural values.

Arcadia Codesmith

One thing to remember is that kids who grow up with virtual worlds are a relatively new phenomenon. It's far too early to say with any degree of confidence whether the majority of them will transition to mundane representations of themselves as adults (due either to their own inclination or to online societal pressure to conform), or whether their willingness to experiment with alternate identities represents a fundamental shift in cultural values.

Arcadia Codesmith

One thing to remember is that kids who grow up with virtual worlds are a relatively new phenomenon. It's far too early to say with any degree of confidence whether the majority of them will transition to mundane representations of themselves as adults (due either to their own inclination or to online societal pressure to conform), or whether their willingness to experiment with alternate identities represents a fundamental shift in cultural values.

Adeon Writer

I wonder if those in SL when it started whom joined at a very young age and still use it today have chosen to age their avatars.

samantha

Yes, I totally agree with your criticism. That's all I have to say ...
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