Saturday, July 18, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA: "In a digital place, nobody knows what color you are." The power of avatar choice on a digital campus. Appearance and identity


"In a digital place, nobody knows what color you are."  
The power of avatar choice on a digital campus. 
Appearance and identity 


Thoughts about appearance and identity, with assistance from an old cartoon and Yoda.
Selby as Letitia Sludberry
  • "On the internet nobody knows you're a dog."
  • I read of some appalling experiences of black adolescents in high school.
  • So I repurposed the famous line above.  
  • In digital place you have an avatar to represent you.  
  • It can be any color you want. 
  • It doesn't even have to look human.  
  • In fact, there is a lot of talk about avatar identity.  
  • "Judge me by my appearance, do you?"
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Judge me by my appearance, do you?

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