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Avatars and Personas online and real world



At 1:15 is the New Zealand one – really really funny. And mean. But funny.

(in a grown-up voice) I don’t understand these people who play around with ‘avatars’ and have multiple personalities online. I mean, they’re not real, not like real people. At least we know what we are getting when we meet real people? Not that pretend stuff. You can’t trust people online, only flesh and blood, right? Heh. 🙂

A discussion I had yesterday with Il Paparazzo at AD:TECH

Her *clicking away with some big-ass camera* : What’s an avatar?
Me: A dolly online that you move around and make do stuff
Her: *puzzled* but where does the word ‘avatar’ come from?
Me: I think it’s from India, where a physical human body was prepared for incarnation (or birth) by a spiritual being or bodhisattva. So think of an online avatar as your pixel body and then you pour your spiritual higher being in, and embody an online persona.
Her *stops clicking*: Oh cool! (or similar)

I have the kookiest conversations at conferences. *giggles* @stilgherrian O Great Pink-Toned Guru” indeedy. Next, I solve world hunger. After lunch.


Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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