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Tożsamość człowieka w środowisku elektronicznym
Identity in Virtual Surroundings

Author(s): Michał Ostrowicki
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Second Life; Virtual Reality; Identiy; Internet

Summary/Abstract: The author discusses the problem of identity in relation to relationships being established on the Internet and people existing in and through the Internet. Internet connections, apart from shaping everyday reality of working life, may also change the direction of human intentionality, from one directed to the physical world, to one directed towards electronic, virtual world, where the virtual world is treated as a fully fledged alternative to the physical reality. The growing intensity of human relationships with and within virtual reality, such as the Internet and 3D environments, for example Second Life, shape the identity of people existing in a nonlinear system of connections, and reveal needs, values and meaning, that might not have basis in the physical world. The self shaped within the virtual world may contain all the richness of human spirituality. The virtual enriches the human self; it gives it its secondary shape, which in turn has an impact of how a given person functions in the physical world.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 62-63
  • Page Range: 143-152
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish