Second Lives: A Journey through Virtual Worlds

By Tim Guest
Read by Paul Michael Garcia

10.72 Hours 02/19/2008 unabridged
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Second Lives takes us on a revelatory journey through the electronic looking-glass as Tim Guest investigates one of the most bizarre phenomena of the twenty-first century: virtual lives. Each week, thirty-five  to fifty million people worldwide abandon reality for virtual worlds. They create a virtual body, work virtual jobs, and make virtual friends and family. And as online communities like SecondLife, EverQuest, and MySpace attract more members, the lines between the real and the imaginary become blurry. After all, in these virtual realities, you can build houses, make and sell works of art, earn real money, and get married and divorced. On web sites like eBay, people sell virtual clothes and rent virtual property for real cash, for a total of nearly $800 million worth each year.

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Summary

Summary

Second Lives takes us on a revelatory journey through the electronic looking-glass as Tim Guest investigates one of the most bizarre phenomena of the twenty-first century: virtual lives.

Each week, thirty-five  to fifty million people worldwide abandon reality for virtual worlds. They create a virtual body, work virtual jobs, and make virtual friends and family. And as online communities like SecondLife, EverQuest, and MySpace attract more members, the lines between the real and the imaginary become blurry. After all, in these virtual realities, you can build houses, make and sell works of art, earn real money, and get married and divorced. On web sites like eBay, people sell virtual clothes and rent virtual property for real cash, for a total of nearly $800 million worth each year.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Rich and colourful…an important mapping of a new social frontier.” Guardian (London)
“Astonishing.” Sunday Times (London)
“Remarkably timely.” Sunday Telegraph (London)
“Garcia is engaged in a laid-back sort of way but is open to expressions of surprise.” Audiofile

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Author

Author Bio: Tim Guest

Tim Guest’s first book, My Life in Orange, was a memoir about growing up in a series of communes. His journalism has been published in the New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph, New Scientist, and Vogue.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Technology & Engineering
Runtime: 10.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English