Death in virtual worlds

I gave a presentation at the Death, Dying and Disposal 11 conference held at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, in September 2013. The presentation considered the implications when death is introduced into an immersive environment. It drew on a virtual ethnographic study carried out over four years in Second Life and Teen Second Life™. It looked at some of the reasons why death in virtual worlds is significant in relation to various fields – including bereavement, counselling and medicine. It also showed that there are different types of death within virtual worlds, some permanent and some transient, some wholly virtual, others reflecting a situation in the physical world.

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