Here are a few more sketches from my VizThink session last week. I started out trying to develop my thoughts on the ventriloquism/virtual identity relationship. I ended up focusing more on pseudonymity and the development of emotional closeness.
The first chart imagines a relationship that begins pseudonymously in a virtual world and eventually extends to the physical. My first insight in creating the chart was that the disclosure of RL identity often happens over time.
After finishing the first chart, I realized that although it tracked identity disclosure, it missed the development of emotional closeness. Although the imagined relationship in the chart below ends up with a RL marriage, I believe that one can experience very deep emotional relationships without sharing any personally identifying information.
Finally, this last graphic looks at the emotional and informational aspects of personal disclosure and shared activity. My main take-away was that very similar external actions can have significantly different emotional potency, depending upon the level of disclosure and intimacy.
These graphics are just artifacts from my own working process and aren't meant to be definitive. I welcome your thoughts.