That’s right folks, I am continuing with my interest in Virtual Worlds and will be looking further into them for my final paper. I will be taking a slightly different approach from my previous blog post as this paper will be more informative than that post and less to prove a point. I plan to explore both the positives and the negatives of virtual worlds (I would like to look into some of the things Chaz brought up in comments in my previous post).
The positives I express will be more geared to how Virtual Worlds are helping people to communicate, communify (I may have made this word up, but I thought that the 3 C’s would be fun), and collaborate. I have even found some interesting videos on youtube about how companies and schools are using Virtual Worlds to collaborate (similar technology to what is Josh talked about in his post, only in Second Life). This interests me because it takes away geographical borders (they don’t have to be in the same room to be working on the same project). Hopefully as my research blossoms I will find more information to support this idea, not just within businesses but in other organizations and social atmospheres.
I would also like to explore to find how out Virtual Worlds are allowing people to create organizations and networks that they would not have been able to build otherwise. It is important to realize they these are not just games, they allow people to build relationships and contacts as well.
As stated above I would also like to take a look into some of the negative issues that have been brought up about virtual worlds. As mentioned in our class, some people are concerned that people who become involved in virtual worlds begin to lose track their real world life. I would like to take a closer look at this to see how other scholars feel about this and if it is really a detriment to everyone to whom this happens.
There is also the issue of safety on these sites. I am not sure if any kind of reality is attached to these shows, but CSI New York and Law and Order SVU have both had episodes that I have seen where people involved in these Virtual Worlds (namely Second Life) have gotten into trouble. I would like to look into user safety and see if there is any truth to the stories that are played out on CSI and SVU (I wonder this because I have seen many episodes of SVU that have played off of real life current events).
Hopefully my explorations will be fruitful and will provide information that will be useful and informative for me and others who may come across my writings.