There has been a lot of discussions about avatar identity and pseudonomity since Google+ started to erase avatar accounts. I have tried to understand the arguments against avatar identities on the internet but i fail big time. Bullying via avatars? People has always bullied each other regardless of real life or not. And its a minority that are abusive and they will always find ways to abuse others, regardless of avatar identity or not. To have an online id is a way to feel a bit safer “out there” for me and a lot of other people and our kids. Also for some people to discover new aspect of themselves, as I have too and Im grateful for that. I have evolved as a human being thanks to virtual worlds <3
Before virtual world there was a lot of other “scary” stuff like books, radio and television. All has been “dangerous” for people when they were new. The authorities has always tried to control people like this. “Management by fear”. Before Google it was the church for example….
“Its dangerous to play games” they say. You will be a murderer if you play WOW. But before virtual worlds people played with doll houses and other stuff. They used their imagination. Often kids yes. But kids evolve thanks to they use their imagination. Grown up people often loose this ability and get stale. But in virtual worlds this ability can flourish again. Let it grow and you will evolve. You will get stupid if you just sit and watch TV. In virtual worlds you has to be active in some way. Thats a good thing. Dont let your brain fall asleep.
If you dont have anything to hide why use an avatar? Dont fall for this. To use an avatar is every humans right and its nothing wrong with that. You are safer and you can explore things and use your imagination in ways you never can in “real life”. If Google and FB dont want us, then ban them, their loss. They dont deserve us. Let them have those fraidy middleclass people to play with, they cant handle us anyway. Because imagination and fantasy are dangerous to the power. They are afraid of everything they cant control. Dont let them own you.
Peace and love!