Author Archives: Laskya Claren

About Laskya Claren

I like to write. I am interested in stuff.

A Paradise Happier Far: “Paradise Lost in Second Life” (Review)

Last Saturday, I was privileged to be invited to attend a preview performance of the Basilique Performing Arts Company‘s new dramatic adaptation of John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost in Second Life. As what follows may seem tl;dr to some, I’ll begin … Continue reading

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Striving with Paradise: A Look Ahead to “Paradise Lost in Second Life”

 While it is undoubtedly true that there have been other poets in the language who are more revered or who have a higher profile in popular culture – Shakespeare, of course, is the obvious example – it is likely also … Continue reading

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Whose Voice? Whose Issue? The Problems with SL Activism and One Billion Rising

Like many hundreds of other people, I made my way yesterday to the Second Life event observing One Billion Rising. The theme of OBR – an end to global misogyny and sexual violence – is one that has always been … Continue reading

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The Singularity of Bryn Oh

[On Saturday, I was fortunate to be granted the opportunity, along with other bloggers in the Immersiva group, to attend a preview of Bryn Oh’s newest installation, The Singularity of Kumiko. The new exhibit opens to the public on 14 … Continue reading

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“Why Is Your Avatar So Sexy?” Choice and the Two Cultures

“Why is your avatar so sexy?” A number of years ago, I was a participant in a virtual presentation in and about Second Life that was projected upon a large screen to a group of academics in RL. I myself … Continue reading

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Oculus Rift, High Fidelity, and the Limits of the Imagination

More than a few bloggers have been making much of a piece by Emma Green that appeared in The Atlantic on 27 December, 2013. The short article, “Making Virtual Reality Less Virtual” argues that both the new virtual reality headset … Continue reading

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Can Lab Rats Even Read? Second Life and Academic Publication

There are many vexations in Second Life. Bots, lag, avatars loaded with too many burdensome attachments, and griefers, to name just a few. Among such everyday annoyances, at least for some residents, are students and researchers. It’s probably true that … Continue reading

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