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The Rise of Virtual Worlds and Augmented Realities & their Potential

Autor: Dorette Steenkamp
Fecha: 16.10.2010
Category: compromiso Multimedia, Evangelismo entre Niños

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This is a short introduction, instead of a long article about the potential of virtual worlds to counsel and support spiritual and mental wellness. As the Founding Director of a nonprofit organisation in Cape Town

, South Africa we have been exploring virtual technologies since 2007 and (we believe) we lead Africa’s access to these environments.

Since the beginning of our journey, I have been amazed (at personal level) what potential these platforms hold for Christians to connect and to meet. There are some church groups in these worlds, such as in Second Life, but we have not started to explore its real potential. This is a field I am very very interested in and I invite you to get in touch if you have the same sentiments.

Follow me @metaMeerkat on Twitter or just spend a bit of time at our project blog to see how our company has used it to date: www.slafrica.wordpress.com

Unfortunately I only discovered this event today when international guests started to arrive in Cape Town, but I truly hope the topic of virtual worlds will also be covered under media and technology themes!

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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo jdb11583 (2)
Estados Unidos de Norteamérica

I am a big proponent of using technologies in order to connect Christians with other Christians from different backgrounds. I agree that it provides a platform for many to express concerns and ask questions under the cover of anonymity. However,  I am concerned that by encouraging younger generations to rely on technology even more, may have a negative effect on local churches and missions. If a person is able to be a part of a community without leaving his or her bedroom, what motivation will that person have to be a part of the community that is right outside his or her front door? This is my concern with technology in general…


12.11.2011
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Estados Unidos de Norteamérica

The concept of using sites like Second Life is a very interesting one. I can see that it would have a lot of potential. Some people find comfort in the anonymity that virtual worlds like Second Life offers, and as a result, would probably be more willing to openly interact with people.


09.03.2011
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo Bj4wood (0)
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Hi Meekat

Im interested to know what you mean by second life? It seems to me that it could be a virtual life beyond your physical/spiritual life, or it could be a second career person using cyberspace to encourage and challenge others.

I blog daily and use facebook and twitter to encourage and challenge both believers and unbelievers to consider their positions


17.10.2010
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Responder Señalizar 0 Pulgares arriba Pulgares abajo metaMeerkat (0)
Sudáfrica
@ Bj4wood:

Hi there! Well in this context Second Life is the name of the virtual worlds’ (3D) platform itself: www.secondlife.com and indeed it offers an additional online space to encourage and challenge others via dialogue.


I would not say that it is ’beyond’ the spiritual, but it certainly is less physical in the sense that one does not have to leave your home or office to connect with fellow Christians. I would never say it is an alternative or substitute, but rather an addition in the same way as online media is an addition to printed papers.


18.10.2010
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@ metaMeerkat:

Hi meta Meerkat


Thanks for the clarification. I was thinking in terms of a Christian taking up the Internet via Social Media to present a Gospel message as a second career, either as a break from their first career or a supplement to that career. What your example sounds like is a Christian Club using avatars I hope there is a wider dimension.


18.10.2010
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@ Bj4wood:

there certainly is a wider dimention and using virtual worlds and online environment for a ’second career’ is definitely not uncommon - specifically with the growth of the virtual goods and services industry into the 6 billion USD figures now!


18.10.2010
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Sudáfrica

Hello Metamerkat

I’m keen to hear your take on how transformation can be affected online, especially when comunication is mediated by layers of machinery. I’m a bit of a virtuality skeptic but that doesn’t mean I reject your interests ...


16.10.2010
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@ nicpaton:

Hello Nic, I see that you sit with a wonderful instrument :) in your picture. We hosted an Africa Day in Second Life (think virtual conference combined with exhibit) and also had musicians perform from their own studios to an audience of 3000 people. It convinced me of reach - if nothing else.


Virtual Worlds are actually past hype phase and uptake is enormous amongst youth. We will have to embed ourselves in these platforms to ensure that they cary not only technical and social standards forward, but also values. Am excited to talk more about it here and share some experiences. Can barely believe I am IN Cape Town, and FROM Cape Town, but not at the event itself!


16.10.2010
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@ metaMeerkat:

That’s "Big Medicine", our community drum.


Metameerkat, I’d like your to show me what you are doing with virtuality. I’m open...


17.10.2010

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