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The Drax Files: World Makers -Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff

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Xiola Linden

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How well do you get to know the people that you meet in Second Life? If you’re Tom Boellstorff - probably a great deal more than most! As a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California: Irvine and digital ethnographer inworld, Tom has spent much of his 12 years in Second Life getting to know the people he’s encountered.

In this episode of the Drax Files, Tom discusses avatar identity, the use of virtual worlds for gameplay and self exploration, and why referring to offline life as ‘real life’ poses a problem when studying technology like Second Life.

to hear more of his personal take on the future of virtual worlds and some of his observations on the communities he’s encountered inworld.

Want to see more personal Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s Website, at the links below, or subscribe to our YouTube channel:

 

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 27: Nylon Pinkney
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 28: Whiskey Monday
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 29: Insilico
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 30: Maylee Oh

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