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Performative Avatars 002

Updated: Feb 23, 2022




Discussion questions based on last week's reading

question four:

When I create avatars, the first thing that comes to my mind is "something like me", but "like me" in what ways is the tricky part. I want to relate this to drawing things. Sometimes, illustrators or printers don't want to draw characters that look like them (maybe for commercial works, or they want to create a certain character for a certain story). However, the characters they draw will (even slightly) look like them. I believe it's because that "self" is the one that every people notice most in their daily life, even for those how don't like to look into the mirror, they grow up and be with their families for a long time and that person inherent it's the outlook from its family. In a word, "self" exists in the environment around a person, kind of fluid, so it's hard to say reflect who you are OR who you want; it's not a binary thing (at least to me).


Question 1: unable to change the camera like Matt did in the tutorial.

Question 2: how is the name of these axis mapping related to other blueprints? Do they have to be written in this way to be recognized? (I think it's a little bit hard for me to understand only after watching the tutorials once fully, I'll watch them several more times, if I still can't figure out, I have to ask for help😂)


What Should Happen to Our Data When We Die?

I’m interested in this topic, virtual/digital heritage, and people’s attitudes toward it. (I read this article in a pretty slow way, almost google every word/topic that interested me in the article). At the beginning of this article, after reading the part of “Roadrunner,” I was a little bit annoyed, offended, and angry; I couldn’t stop wondering, “Isn’t this kind of disrespectful? How about “rest in peace”??”. (But those strong feelings were eased little by the following part of the article, but I haven’t come up with an overall idea based on this article and this topic, I just came up with some fragmented thoughts and recorded some sentences in the article that make sense to me or help me think.)

–There is a sentence in the article –

“as if communicating from the afterlife”. But what if the person doesn’t want communication in their afterlife.

–Carl Ohman, a digital ethicist, said this represents a huge sociological shift; for centuries, only the rich and famous were thoroughly documented.

–“We don’t know that he would have consented to have his voice manipulated.”

–She described the decision to have the text read aloud as “a violation of autonomy.”

“As Jean-Paul Sartre once put it: “To be dead is to be a prey for the living.” I don’t know how to understand this sentence. To me, it’s more like “To be alive is to be a prey for the death.”

–In February 2020, a South Korean documentary called “Meeting You” was released.

–“If I do start interacting with these things, what does that say about my relationship to that person I loved? Am I actually doing the things that love requires by interacting with this new reanimation of them? Am I protecting the dead? Or am I exploiting them?”

–“We have a rare chance to actually be ethically ready for new technology before it gets here,”



My question:

–Why do people (company/law/…) care about those things (ethical problems)?

What I think I’m going to watch:


–Her (the movie)

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