Second Life & COVID-19: a Digital Cultures study – call for participants


Inara blogs:
“On Thursday, July 9th, 2020, Tom (Boellstorff) will be initiating a new round of weekly discussions on the subject of digital interactions and the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 / Covid-19 pandemic – and he is seeking the input of Second Life residents.”

You might now professor Boellstorff as Tom Bukowski in SL, one of the more prominent avies in our little big pixelated world.

The project sounds fascinating, so why don’t we participate, eh?

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Tom Boellstorff and his digital alter ego, Tom Bukowski (image: Steve Zylius / UCI): launching a new study in Second Life

Tom Boellstorff (Tom Bukowski in Second Life) is a name that frequently pops-up in these pages. A Professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Tom has a long association Second Life as a part of his research – which has in the past produced two books – Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human,(Princeton University Press, 2008), and Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method (Princeton University Press, 2012). Most recently, I covered the transfer of his classes at UCI from the physical classroom to Second Life (see Tom Boellstorff: teaching digital culture in Second Life) and the result of that effort (see: Studying digital cultures in Second Life).

On Thursday, July 9th, 2020, Tom will be…

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  1. My city’s Historical Society is asking for people’s C19 stories for their archives.
    And someone (state? Fed? pharma co?) is asking for C19 vaccine volunteers.
    I have no story for the archive and no interest in being a guinea pig.

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    • Yes, indeed, I guess Tom’s gonna be disapppointed with our stories. The last 3 mths was kinda the most boring time in my life, and I guess in the lifes of most lockdowned persons on earth as well. Most exciting thing happening since April were my bimonthly shopping outings. Whoohoo!


      • After 3yrs of not having a job, my life barely changed. The most significant impact is that after basically living in my bed desperately need a new mattress but can’t afford one. Not exactly a great story for an archive!

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