Hi! I'm an academic in Australia. I teach English Education and my research interests include new literacies, digital fiction, fan fiction, blogging, identity, pop culture, computer games, systemic linguistics, feminism and young people online. Recently I have been teaching and researching in the virtual world of Second Life, where I am known as Anya Ixchel.
and there’s lots more about art, identity, relationships in SL, musical events, SL lifestyles and more! Phew… and issue 3 is shaping up nicely, with some fabulous articles covering the arts, education, culture, and life in Second Life.
I loved the reference to the radio show as being “radio 6.0″ I wonder what web 6.0 might look like - honestly once we measured history in moments of centuries, now we seem to measuring it in internet moments - maybe technology has become you the new organising principle of human existence?
And my favourite line from Suzanne Vega was the analogy she drew between music and virtual spaces, she said this:
“It’s a way to draw away from the real world, and also to connect with it”
How profound, and yet how simply stated - I love it! I think I am going to be using this line for many lectures, papers, and talks to come. Beautiful.
It’s exciting to see that Lip Flap (the machinima I acted in) has been received so well. Recently it was added to the Second Life site itself as one of the “best made machinimas in Second Life” and now it has received attention from New World Notes here! This is a fabulous list of all the special film techniques Kronos used to achieve certain effects - and even though one comment might mislead people to imagine I was not impressed, trust me, I am incredibly impressed! To me, Kronos wrote a very clever script which was both comical and related to life inside the virtual world. It is the best SL script I have seen - in fact as I commented once before, there seem to be a lack of original scripted narratives being used in favour of experimenting with camera techniques. But Kronos does both - a fun narrative and groundbreaking techniques for machinima makers.
I believe Lip Flap has also been submitted here, so keep an eye out! The youtube version has been viewed over 600 times, which is great. Congratulations to Kronos for pushing machinima to a new level. It is so thrilling to have been a part of it. I have had a few unexpected ims but so far nobody has asked for my autograph *grin*.