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Avatars: love and desire in the digital age

2009 April 14
by Maddie

I stumbled upon this article in newsweek, about a couple that met playing SecondLife and is now engaged. “Lillie and Hawkins met four years ago atop a waterfall overlooking a lush green valley—the kind of magical tableau you find only in romance novels, or in sophisticated virtual universes.”

I think this speaks directly to what we talked about in class a few weeks ago, that people have different expectations from online gaming/avatar worlds– should they coincide with your real life? MUST they coincide with your real life? is this inevitable? There is a fine line between online gaming sites and online dating sites… and I personally think the two worlds should stay spearate. Lillie and Hawkins i suppose respectfully (or disrespectully) disagree.

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