Bodily Experiences of Second Life Consumers (37:04)

Ulusoy Ebru, The University of Texas-Pan American, USA
Vicdan Handan, The University of Texas-Pan American, USA
This video investigates the meanings and presence of the body in virtual worlds where visual presentation of participants through images are allowed. To understand this phenomenon, we make observations and conduct offline and online interviews in a virtual world called Second Life. Our findings on the meanings of “avatar”, avatar construction, and avatar experiences reveal that the body in virtual worlds is symbolic in nature and enables people to playfully engage in (re)constructing several bod


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