The advantages of avatars: Virtual world lectures, at S. Dillon Ripley Center
- June 23, 2011
- Tom Boellstorff, anthropology professor, is quoted in Express Nightout June 23, 2011
From Express Nightout:
The stereotypical virtual-world participantÂ is a lonely dude, eschewing real life for a place where he's "watched over by machines of loving grace," to quote flower-child poet Richard Brautigan. But that popular conception doesn't give enough credit to the vast interactive opportunities offered by computer-assisted realities, says Tom Boellstorff, an anthropology professor at the University of California, Irvine and the author of the book "Coming of Age in Second Life." "In virtual worlds, you have possibilities for education that you don't have with a website or email," Boellstorff says.
For the full story, please visit http://www.expressnightout.com/content/2011/06/virtual-world-lectures-s-dillon-ripley-center.php.
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