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The Autobiography of Russell
Life from a different perspective
On "real life" vs online
If I hear one more person say "real life" I'm going to go insane, or ... something. The internet is not fake. Things that happen on it really happen. It's not the same as things in person, but it is real. If I called you a jerk here would you not also know that I think of you as a jerk outside of this medium? (If you answer that with anything other than a yes please step away from the computer and seek professional help) Then yes, it is real. So stop saying "real life" to distinguish between online and in person interactions.

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed
Current Music: "Chained to You" by Savage Garden

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raist_ From: raist_ Date: May 27th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
RL is overrated. :)
legolastn From: legolastn Date: May 27th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sometimes use this phraseology because it's the colloquial way to put things, but I've never really liked it either. I think part of what people mean by it is the greater ability to regulate self-presentation, including a greater ability to deceive others (60yo men posing as 12yo girls, etc). But there is also definitely the connotation that it is somehow less real even if the communication is genuine. And that isn't always simply judged against direct in person interactions, but also can mean over and against, say, phone conversations, which are also judged more authentic/real.

What's a better, clever way? The Outernet? Offline? Non-Computerized Interaction?
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 27th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use 'in person'. If I'm talking to someone in person and I refer to something online I will usually just name the communication method I was using, such as 'over IM' or 'on LiveJournal'. If I don't think the person may know what I'm talking about I'll just leave it as 'on the computer' or 'online'.
swanhart From: swanhart Date: May 27th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Many people maintain an online persona that is completely unlike their "true" or "real" persona. So some people act differently in the online medium than in "real life".

This will only get more confusing as computer programs become smart enough to pass the turing test. How do you react with truly virtual people in RL? :D
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