The May edition of Australian Vogue Magazine, that is…
See the front cover headline there “Is your life better online?” – that’s the byline for an article called A Life Less Ordinary written by Cathrin Schaer.
I don’t have permission to reproduce the article, but it begins thus:
Imagine being given licence to completely reinvent yourself with a new name, a new body, and even a new personality. We all have days when that might sound like an appealing idea. Enter Angela Thomas, a lecturer in English education at the University of Sydney, and her alter-ego Anya: A glamorous brunette who frequents jazz clubs, has a wardrobe that “would rival Sarah Jessica Parker’s”, owns land and a flash house, and edits an arts and culture magazine…..” (page 198)
And what follows is a lengthy and thoughtful piece (sprinkled with lots of fabulous quotes not just from me but a number of other Australian academics) about identity, psychology, community, web 2.0 and relationships (business and personal) in virtual spaces. This author really did her homework, and it shows. Far from being reactionary and sensationalist, she talks about the subtleties of virtual spaces and the way they are becoming a normal extension to social interaction.
So, run out and buy Australian Vogue right now and read more!! It’s one of the best journalistic accounts of Second Life I’ve ever read.