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Being Virtual: Who You Really Are Online Paperback – May 5, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470723623 ISBN-10: 0470723629 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470723629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470723623
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,308,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Glossy and very personal view on virtual worlds and the people who inhabit them...highly enjoyable to read" PopularScience.co.uk

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sniff Code on February 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Davey Winder's book manages to do something that most books on the same subject as his do not: He's very personal. Even confessional. The title of Chapter One -- Identity Crisis - sums up not just the theme of the book, but what seems to have been a driving theme in the life of Winder. Having gone from a killer career Sports manager, to a home-bound, wheelchair bound web junkie, Winder's makes the strongest case for the credibility of a digital selfhood. The best part is that he introduces the disabilities factor, which is usually only allowed a footnote in most digital reporting. In fact, I would strongly recommend this book to any organization that works with the disabilities community that has a lending library program. Aside from Winder's own accounts, there are other anecdotal stories in here of disabled persons reinventing themselves or simply recreating themselves, as is -- wheelchair and all -- in the virtual landscape. The back-story of each anecdote is poignant and well told. All of them extremely personal.
Not all of the stories of are from persons with disabilities. The others are from self-seeking souls looking for the right vehicle for self expression, which they find online.

The personal touch of the book is well balanced with an informing narrative that qualifies the book as a primer for Second Life and other Virtual World platforms. The cover of the book speaks to this element and, unfortunately, only this element. If I were to judge the book by the cover, which I initially did, the autobiographical element was not something I expected to encounter within these pages. They appeared almost as easter-eggs that wanted to be found. In that sense, the book cover is the only liability.

I'm not sure what the mood is these days on Second Life. But Winder's presents the best argument so far that this is more than just mere novelty.

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