I'm participating in two panels at Philcon this coming weekend, and I'm seeking some thoughts on my two panel topics. I'll give the description and then my questions. If you'd like to respond to them, please respond to me by midnight Friday.
Sat 2:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
VIRTUAL WORLDS... IS CYBERSPACE THE FINAL FRONTIER?
[Panelists: Ef Deal (mod), Alyce Wilson, Bud Sparhawk, Tony Finan]
Online virtual realities like Second Life. Multi-Player gaming worlds like Warcraft. Social sites, blogs, and YouTube. Is the real world moving online? Or is your computer becoming your real world? And what's next!
- In which online communities do you participate? What about in the past?
- Name your favorite online communities and tell why.
- How would you characterize the differences between different online communities (i.e. Facebook versus LiveJournal, or an old-school MUSH versus World of Warcraft)?
- Has your involvement in online communities changed over the years? If so, how did it change and why?
- What do you get out of online communities?
- How would you characterize the social interaction in online communities?
- How is online interaction different from face-to-face interaction?
- What are the positives and negatives of online communities?
- Do you have any significant relationships now or in the past that started as online-only and expanded into face-to-face? If so, share something about it.
- Have any of your online communities met in person for face-to-face socializing? If so, how did that go? What was different about interacting in person?
- Where do you see online communities going in the future?
Feel free to copy and paste these questions in your own blog, along with my e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that people can send me their responses. You can also send your responses as a message to me at my LiveJournal account, alycewilson. If you choose to post your responses in your blog, don't forget to e-mail me the link.