Last week, I attended an event coordinated by the MIT Alumni Association titled “It’s a Small World: How Virtual Communities Are Changing the Ways We Relate”. The event included lectures and a Q&A discussion conducted by Professor Henry Jenkins and Professor Beth Coleman of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program. There were several interesting threads of discussion including how virtual worlds act as a social laboratory and how avatars act as interpretations of our ideals and fantasies.

I wrote a guest post for Virtual World News about the event. The full story is available here.