Thursday, June 10, 2004

office conversations:

"But what about the distinction between physcal and virtual if we add the fictional and non fictional to the classification space?"
I wave my brown glove: "This is a coin! It signifies a monetary value!" We stare at the glove. It's not a coin at all.

Then we wonder if there is a church where one can marry one's dead cat.

I had an msn chat with my best friend from AC2 today. I haven't talked to him for months, and it turns out he has been really sick, and that he was very close do dying this spring. Scary thought that i wouldn't even have known about it if he had dissappeared. And in another conversation with JJ at ITU: a friendship in VR is a friendship in RL. Friendships can't be virtual.

I need to find that article Ren talked about in copenhagen, i wonder if it was J Dibbell who wrote it, the female medic student who was killed in a car crash, and her online friends built her a memorial. (was it in legend mud? or lambda moo? i which i could remember things better.) Then it turned out she had never existed. Everyone should read pages 201 and 202 in Bartles book. (on how to create a fictive player who can play a player character) Which remind me i have a deadline for reviewing it. Back to work!


Daryn said...

Hi Mirjam,

It was a speech/essay by Raph Koster that mostly helped to spread the story of Karyn, which was later debunked by Tracy Spaight through his work on "Real People Virtual Worlds". Raph posted a follow up after he spoke with Tracy, and in my opinion summed it up nicely - "To me, the heart of the story still stands: that the bonds we form with others online are real."

Mirjam Palosaari-Eladhari said...

Thank you so much Daryn!

Anonymous said...

Mirjam, did you intend to post this to the students of the GADI course? If not, could you please? I think it would make a very interesting read for most participants.


Mirjam Palosaari-Eladhari said...

I mention it in the players-lecture on the subject of masquerade playing! Glad you find it interesting :)