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In this paper I will critically address our perception and use of online identities (avatars). I do this by asking the question if an online identity can be seen as companion specie, as conceptualized in Donna Haraway’s The Companion Species Manifesto. To answer this question one cannot only look at the feminine studies perspective, there is too much that the avatar body entails. Aspects like technology, virtuality, immersion and interactivity are rooted in the ontological question what an online identity is. Therefore I will also use game/media studies for analyzing the construction of online identities and will also try to form a perspective on how our own identities interact and immerse with it. Are we ourselves becoming hybrid? Looking at the online identity as a transgressing concept and companion specie, I will try to address the online identity as an autonomous subject which we relate and connect with. In the end this gives us new perspectives in the way we think about our embodiment, virtual reality, construction of identity and our perception of the avatar.
In this paper I will critically address our perception and use of online identities (avatars). I do this by asking the question if an online identity can be seen as companion specie, as conceptualized in Donna Haraway’s The Companion Species Manifesto. To answer this question one cannot only look at the feminine studies perspective, there is too much that the avatar body entails. Aspects like technology, virtuality, immersion and interactivity are rooted in the ontological question what an online identity is. Therefore I will also use game/media studies for analyzing the construction of online identities and will also try to form a perspective on how our own identities interact and immerse with it. Are we ourselves becoming hybrid? Looking at the online identity as a transgressing concept and companion specie, I will try to address the online identity as an autonomous subject which we relate and connect with. In the end this gives us new perspectives in the way we think about our embodiment, virtual reality, construction of identity and our perception of the avatar.

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Published by: Salko Joost Kattenberg on Jan 25, 2012
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