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Tuesday, September 19, 2017


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"identity and disguise", "story about people who have virtual identities that are substantially different from those in their daily lives"... Not everyone is alike, it would be interesting if, among those with a different real and second life, there is a story that turns out a bit different. Actually many people wear a mask... in their daily lives. Maybe everyone does, more or less, even if they aren't aware. But among SL users, there are people who have more freedom and less constrains in the virtual world than in real life, when they express their own personality. In that case, while someone assumes it's a disguise, in truth they are honestly themselves there. A common example is transgender people (I don't mean the SL "shemales", I mean true transgenders): in SL they are the women or men they are, because that's their gender identity, not a disguise. Someone had a real life surgery eventually, but meanwhile SL made them feel better, themselves. Besides them, there is any kind of people who wear a mask in real life and can behave or look more naturally and authentic elsewhere or in a virtual world. Their virtual and daily lives identities would still appear different, as it happens for other different cases, but in their case the disguise would be in real life.


Pulsars comment above is very much in line with my own observations. I usually refer to this with saying, that in some cases SL allows us to see directly into the mind of the other person.
Because through the avatar they are able to create a persona they are not only perfectly comfortable with, but that is also free of the constrains and limitations they face in RL. Their SL becomes different to RL, because with the assumed identity of the avatar they can trully let go and, for a little bit of time in the day, let their fantasy free and become the aspect of their personality they can not be in their daily life.

And often this has lead to people becoming more comfortable with themsleves in RL too. But for this a big amount of honesty towards ourselfs is needed and the ability to look at ourself and our actions and understand how they shape ourselves and others in all the many interactions while being this *free-direct-out-of-our-minds* avatar persona. Because on the other side there is always also the danger lurking that one get lost in the fantasy and looses track of reality. Addiction in a different disguise.

However, while I always love to meet people who are happy to delve into their own minds and create this sort of *true-self* personas, the majority of people seem to recreate RL. Complete with the same limits, masks and prejudices they face in their daily life.

Isabelle cheren

Would have loved to participate as I think dispelling some of the preconceived myths about SL would be great.
So many reasons people congregate in another world that far surpass the assumptions.
Sadly geographically I can't participate as I'm uk based.

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