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      Docile Avatars: Aesthetics, Experience, and Sexual Interaction in Second Life

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      Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference University of Lancaster, UK (HCI)

      British HCI Group Annual Conference

      3 - 7 September 2007

      Aesthetics, experience, interface, interaction, BDSM

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          Second Life, a participant-created multi-user virtual environment (MUVE), gained sudden media acclaim in 2006. Prior to that, the world was developing many of the characteristics that have come into their own today, such as virtual fashion lines, a thriving virtual economy, scripted interactive furniture, vehicles, and toys. Perhaps not surprisingly, much of the early content was adult in nature, from cyberstrip clubs to kinky lingerie, sex animations, and interactive virtual genitalia. More surprising was the visibility and prevalence of the BDSM (bondage, discipline, and sadomasochism) subculture. In this paper, we report results from a two-year study of the BDSM subculture in Second Life, combining virtual ethnography and artifact analysis with recent HCI theories of experience design to understand how and why this complex phenomenon emerged from Second Life users. We contend that the participant-created world enables the construction of powerful aesthetic experiences, and that these experiences are made possible by the interweaving of visual, literary, and interaction aesthetics.

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                September 2007
                September 2007
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                School of Informatics

                Indiana University

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                1900 E 10th Street #938

                School of Informatics

                Indiana University

                Bloomington, IN 47406
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                10.14236/ewic/HCI2007.1
                © Shaowen Bardzell et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference University of Lancaster, UK

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                Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference University of Lancaster, UK
                HCI
                21
                Lancaster, UK
                3 - 7 September 2007
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                British HCI Group Annual Conference
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