Posts Tagged ‘augmentology

08
Aug
09

I Am Transreal, pt. 2 [augmentology.com]

I am becoming something else. In this moment, this being-in-transition, I am willfully stepping into the unknown. I am between realities. I can only imagine what I want to become, and then choose to become that new thing, but it is radically ungraspable, inconceivable. I can never know the reality of what I am choosing to become, desiring to become. My decision to transform can never be the right one, because it is always based on an illusion, a fantasy, a false conception with only a few points of data, not the rich details of an embodied life. As the transformation unfolds, those unknown events begin to occur, like seeing my breasts in the mirror for the first time after shaving my chest closely, feeling the movement in my orgasm change into something new or just walking down the street for a moment as a girl, unnoticed and not needing any special attention. My decision to become something else is always a decision to become mythopoetic, because the reality of the new state is always unknown, imaginary, a construct, a fantasy. Yet I don’t seek to decry this radical state of uncertainty but to embrace it. The very moments of everyday perception are also simply intersections of a real materiality with my symbolic and imaginary processing engines making sense of them, down to the way that I understand what pleasure is and what pain is and when the two become too close so as to be confused. And a choice to not transform is of course still a choice to transform into a different state, as our bodies are all in permanent transition, aging, training, consuming, producing, perceiving, creating new folds in our craniums.

Read the rest at Augmentology.com and leave a comment! I’d love to know what you think of this writing…

16
Aug
08

The Ethics and Politics of Synthetic World Interoperability

My series of posts at Augmentology are now all up! We posted part 3 today. You can read it here:

[Warcry for Birthing Synthetic Worlds, Part 3 @ Augmentology.com]

It was a real pleasure collaborating with Netwurker Mez! And the discussion it spurred on the nettime list was also really interesting.

Part 2 went up last week and there was a really provocative comment from Dusan Writer about open source and the economics of SL. Apparently, she disagrees with my claim that we should find new models for making money in SL besides copy restriction. I responded, but I hope I didn’t inadvertently kill the conversation. Its curious to me that there were a lot more comments to part 1.

I’d love to know what more people think of these posts, so leave a comment! Hopefully it’ll help spur the growth of the metaverse and spur new efforts towards more interopability and openness, which I think is critical for synthetic worlds to grow!

These posts were a new kind of thinking about SL for me, trying to look at a broader overview of Synthetic Worlds instead of phenomenologically describing my own experiences and thinking about the subtle working of those, like I tried to do in my earlier posts. I think, though, that a mix of both is needed, so I plan to continue to mix it up. I’ve got a few big ideas in mind for future posts, so we’ll see if I put them over at augmentology or just keep posting here… I guess it depends on their schedule and my energy level for writing! Anyway, I really love writing about SL and discussing it with people, so thanks to everyone who’s reading and commenting!




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