#TBT: "Avatar Nation Secedes," A Lecture by Dr. Cynthia Haynes (2008)

[x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_text]In today’s #TBT post, we showcase Cynthia Haynes’ 2008 talk on avatars, virtual reality, and serious games.

It would be tempting to argue, seven years after Haynes’ lecture, that the “moral panic” over avatars has largely subsided, especially as our ideas about identity in cyber spaces have shifted. The long-simmering controversy over Facebook’s “real names” policy, however, suggests the lingering presence of a moral panic around the issue of cyber identities.

To mark #ThrowbackThursday this week, we invite you to grab a cup of coffee, pop in your earbuds, and take in Cynthia Haynes’ DWRL Speaker Series lecture, “Avatar Nation Secedes.”

We invite you to consider how the landscape of “avatar nation” has changed during the last seven years, and to reflect on the rhetorical implications of our changing views on cyber identities.[/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section][x_section style=”margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; padding: 45px 0px 45px 0px; “][x_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” bg_color=”” style=”margin: 0px auto 0px auto; padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_column bg_color=”” type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px; “][x_video_embed no_container=”false” type=”16:9″]

“Avatar Nation Secedes,” a lecture by Cynthia Haynes from DWRL on Vimeo.

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