….is new. I know, the “old” one was fine -at least according to KJ, but for some reason, I never thought it really fit. Vic and I went shopping yesterday, initially just to see what was new and “must have,” then I decided that I needed a new Skin L$ 5000+ or not. I am told, that I no longer look 19 years old -a good thing considering my RL age. But now my Av doesn’t look a day over (or under) 30. Works for me! The real question here, is why do I care how Clare’s “skin” looks, or how tall she is, or how large her breasts? Well, this has been discussed before, and I’m sure it will be again. This is one of the most intriguing aspects about the nature of SL, why do we present ourselves as we do?
By my second week in-world, I noticed something funny -something missing -Avs of color -for lack of a better term. In fact, I had not seen a single one! I remember thinking what a great sociology experiment could be created as a result. I have subsequently seen a few -but not more that that. Evidently, Abdi felt the same way and so created a very interesting persona for himself.
For the most part, the educators I have gotten to know and work with, have crafted their Avs to more-or-less resemble themselves -albeit an idealized version. I’m sure that Clare weighs 50lbs. or so less than I do! Some people have taken little or no interest in how their Av looks, but spend countless hours duplicating or creating their homes and the furnishings for them, as well as educational databases, and other advanced uses for SL. Kathy Dryburgh is one such individual. Kathy has re-created the geodesic dome in which she lives in RL, Remarkable! I am in awe of her drive to learn all things SL, and the speed at which she’s done it. Hodjazz Edman is another, with one notable exception -he’s BLUE! My favorite color! I’ve never asked him his reasons, but really should, as I believe it plays into my theory of why people create Avs with one particular look or another.
Any thoughts on this? I can think of multiple ways in which this might be utilized to teach literature -in fact the book, The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake, from which the title comes, is one such book a student recently recommended to me. Also, maybe some of you will recall an experiment done with a class where students with a particular eye color were given preferential treatment for a week- without any explanation other than that their eye color was different -a very powerful lesson I used with Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor. I am sure there are many other possible literature connections as well. What do you think?