Mittwoch, 30. Januar 2013

our virtual life

as we know, there are many devices that can connect us to another part of the world through the internet. just one simple click and voila! we're arrived in a world called virtual world. virtual world was only a secondary role but nowadays it's a big part of many people and our virtual alter ego plays an important role.

we used to get links with each other via social networks, to talk via instant messengers or to post information, photos and videos on certain platforms, or through what I'm doing right now: blog. we're talking to those social-network application as avatar. what's avatar? is it the same as our real-life identity? do we have to live in two lives at the same time? or maybe we spend more time in virtual world? are we excluded from the social life?
virtual world = second life (?)
according to wikipedia, in computing, an avatar is the graphical representation of the user or the user's alter ego or character. it may take either a three-dimensional form, as in games or virtual worlds, or a two-dimensional form as an icon in internet forums and other online communities. it can also refer to a text construct found on early systems such as MUDs. it is an object representing the user. the term "avatar" can also refer to the personality connected with the screen name, or handle, of an internet user.
virtual vs reality
if we have these avatars, does it mean that they really represent us? how about the privacy? is it safe? what about cyber-bullying?

having a life in virtual world sometimes is regarded as a runaway from the real life. other humans in another world don't really matter who we are, what we look, how we live, which makes us more expressive. there's no certain rules that narrow our movements. it's the real freedom. teenagers always want freedom, no wonder we prefer to spend more time in virtual world.  it's not a must to live in two worlds; it's a choice. and imo, we're not excluded from our real life. except you're still stuck in virtual world while you're with your real life friends. hahaha

avatars don't have to really represent us; but it's up to us. if they really represent us, I'm afraid of a bigger cyber-bullying possibility. tbh, I have many avatars in several social-network applications; facebook, twitter, tumblr, blog, youtube, stagevu, meetme, friendster, looklet, deviantart, G+, and many more that I forgot as I have too many hahaha. but only some are connected. I have my blog and twitter links on my facebook profile and my blog's link on my twitter. but that's all; only some know my other accounts.

to be more careful, I suggest you not to share too many private stuffs on the profiles. we don't know how/what others gonna do to us if they hate us and find out our profiles out there. cyber-bullying is more possible to happen. and it becomes more dangerous when those bully us in the real life because of our own actions in virtual world.

“We are all so afraid, we are all so alone, we all so need from the outside the assurance of our own worthiness to exist.” -Ford Madox Ford (The Good Soldier, 1915)


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