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Robotics, Virtual Reality and Games

Linking Avatar and Self

Key Questions

  • How do different forms of self-expression online affect others?
  • What are the potential benefit and harms to others?
  • When does “identity play” cross the line and become identity deception?

Activity 1  – Linking Avatar and Self

Once this has done click here to check your answers. While doing this think about the following:

a) how each character might be similar to or different from its matching person;

b) the many possible reasons why each person chose the character that they chose

c) the possible benefits and harms of identity play online.

Define “identity play” – the practice of trying out and deploying different identities in different settings in order to experience and represent new ways of being in the world for both personal and intellectual development.

 

Comment on the following:

  • Describe at least 3 reasons that someone might want to present themselves differently online than they are offline.
  • Name for any one of the avatar-person examples, at least one possible benefit and at least one possible harm of that particular identity presentation.

In conclusion….

There is a lot of freedom online: often you get to decide how to present yourself to other people-what pictures to put up, what to write about yourself, what character to play as. For the many reasons that you have all pointed out, sometimes it is beneficial when your identity online is different-it may allow you to express different parts of yourself than you do offline; it may be fun or funny; and it may be more appropriate to the community that you are part of online. And sometimes identity play can be harmful-it may be misleading to others, and it may prevent you from forming closer relationships with people online. When deciding for yourself what to be online, I hope you can think back to examples we looked and make good choices.

57 Comments

  1. Excellent response Loredana

  2. Describe at least 3 reasons that someone might want to present themselves differently online than they are offline.
    – to protect their identity
    – be a better version of themselves online than what they are in real life
    – live out a fantasy person of who they would rather be
    – internet friends: in terms of if you can’t see someone you have more confidence because they can’t judge you on what you look like

    Name for any one of the avatar-person examples, at least one possible benefit and at least one possible harm of that particular identity presentation
    Benefit
    – protect identity
    – live fantasy lifestyle

    Harm
    – because of false identity you are leading people on to believe that you are something that you are not
    – losing potential internet friends when they find out that it is not the real you

  3. Some reasons people might want to change there self online are…
    -They want to be a better version of themselves
    -They want to hide their identity
    -They just thought that people would think better of them online

    One harm to changing yourself online…
    Could be that people get caught up in their fake online world and could start to destroy their real world.

    One benefit to changing yourself online…
    Could be that you can be the better you and you could create a world where they can be better.

  4. Describe at least 3 reasons that someone might want to present themselves differently online than they are offline.
    *They might want to present an image of someone who they wish they were or strive to be
    *They don’t like who they are in real life
    *They don’t want people online to judge there real appearance

    Name for any one of the avatar-person examples, at least one possible benefit and at least one possible harm of that particular identity presentation.
    (lady in the snow)
    *It correctly describes who she is and she expresses her self well
    *Strangers online will be able to find her easily in reality

  5. OK but do not write the question out when answering online this is very unnecessary. Write a statement leading into dot points instead.

  6. OK but neede to use examples from the case studies we looked at.

  7. OK but do not write out the question when answering online really unnecessary!!!. Also needed to use an example from the case studies we looked at.

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