Actually yes I am posting on World of Warcraft for my discussion, also. My dissertation comprises of three chapters. For the first I am writing about sexual transgression. I was going to look primarily at Second Life because I thought it would be more prominent and accepting that the activity in World of Warcraft, however I have generally found that it is WoW players who are more open to talking about this kind of stuff than Second Life allows. I am also going to be comparing it to Michel Foucault's idea of the repressed victorian self. In that during this time we spoke of Sex so much that in order to normalise it we had to create so many categories for it, thus causing people to feel as though they had to find new platforms for their experimentation, not feeling like they were allowed to discuss it in public. Hence the rise of the brotheel. Foucault made the prediction that in the future there would be a sexual revolution in which people would be able to step forth and accept all kinds of experimentation. I want to ask whether this has happened in VR.
For my second chapter I am going to be looking at another theorist, Baudrillard, who wrote about the rules that we create for gaming. I want to look at the identity we create for ourselves within the game, whether we are transgressing social norms or whether we are just sad people who have nothing better to do. I also want to look at World of Warcraft and Second Life in comparison of the rules that they set. A lot of theorists have argued that we play games to escape from the constraints of a capitalist society, which I am going to be writing about.
For my third chapter I am going to be looking at the theorist Judith Butler and concentrating on the idea of the gendered body, whether the internet and online gaming is a way of breaking down boundaries on ideas gender.For this I am going to be looking at gender-swapping.
So yes this is an actual study. The questions that I have asked on here are only a small portion of the overall dissertation, however I needed some primary research, which is why I posted on here.
Oh also if you play World of Warcraft then feel free to post your thoughts on that discussion thread as well: http://wow.incgamers.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4233314#post4233314