Monday, August 18, 2008

New comic on identity & immersion

This two-pager began as an idea to show the many links between the virtual and physical worlds. The message was to be that any sense of a significant separation between them is pretty much an illusion. I completely changed my tune over the course of putting this together. I'll let it speak for itself today. Special thanks to Sophrosyne for trusting me enough to pose without knowing exactly how the images were going to be used.

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4 comments:

Dale Innis said...

Nice framing of a deep and difficult topic! For some fascinating stuff on just how deeply pernicious RL stuff can worm into our minds (including first-hand tests to take to prove that It's Not Just Other People), see Project Implicit at Harvard:

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

I found this over the weekend (from listening to "Blink"), and thought it v appropriate to this thread...

Botgirl Questi said...

Fascinating project. I think the majority of our mental/narrative/emotional model of the world is below the level of consciousness and that conflicts are rarely limited to the overt controversy. That's why I prefer to try to stick to basic concepts. I'm going to expand on that idea in the next post. Thanks for all our contributions here!

Sophrosyne Stenvaag said...

Yes yes yes!

The value that I see in digital worlds is twofold - in providing those of us within them with a space to *do better,* to liberate ourselves from the dead grasp of past injustices and limitations - and in providing an example, an existence proof, back to the atomic world, to show that better, freer, fairer, happier lives and communities truly are possible.

You've captured that so well with your images. I'm in awe, and thank you for allowing me to be part of the process.

Botgirl Questi said...

Soph, that's so sweet! Glad I captured your essence in that bottle. Do I get three wishes now?