Thursday, October 15, 2009
Week 5 Assignment: Avatars and Authenticity
After reading "I See Dead People: Kurt Cobain and The Humanity of Avatars," it struck me how the evolution of technology is shaping the legal world. Just a few years ago, this would never have been a possibility or issue that would come up and call for legal representation, even among celebrities. Before reading the article, I didn't even know creating an avatar was that popular or had that much of an effect on one's identity that one would need a lawyer to defend his/her online image -- in this case, Kurt Cobain's. I feel this issue further proves how essential it is to ensure that you are aware of how you are represented online, and that you take full control of this portrayal on the dynamic social network.