Patchen Barss: [video] Tech Porn

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Toronto author Patchen Barss has written extensively on science, technology, culture and the way they intersect. His book “The Erotic Engine” examines the pornography industry’s effect on communication.  Read Patchen’s full bio here…

“…it seems as though you go online and you construct any identity you want, but what seems to happen for a lot of people is that who they are prevails and almost gets distilled down to some sort of intense essence of who they are online.”

“…there’s a kind of emotional investment in avatars that goes way beyond just the fact that you’ve got a computer animation walking around on a screen. There’s a kind of investment in it. It’s obvious that the avatar isn’t real, but it’s not entirely unreal either. It kind of exists in this nether-region, where if something happens to your avatar, it has an emotional impact on you…”

“So over time, it changes from just being something you’re looking at on screen, and maybe the mental shift is you go from thinking, ‘My avatar did this, my avatar did that,’ to, ‘I did this, I did that,’ online. I think that that is an important shift, and a real shift. And that’s how you go from something that’s essentially a bunch of polygons moving on a screen to something that’s part of yourself.”

Click here for the full transcript of Patchen Barss’s interview.

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