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Keywords

avatars, gesture, smileys, body language, brain, homunculus, virtual worlds

Publication Date

7-28-2011

Type

Book

Abstract or Description

Why does the tail wag the brain? What is virtual autism? Why can't our avatars walk hand-in-hand? Will a nonverbal Babel fish save the world? Jeffrey Ventrella, a seasoned virtual worlds programmer and visual language expert, reviews the history of avatars, smileys, and other expressive forms, and considers a future of spectacular creativity. This book combines thoughtful scholarship with amusing anecdotes from the trenches of Silicon Valley. Virtual Body Language presents a thorough analysis of the neurological, linguistic, aesthetic, and technical aspects of how nonverbal communication can be distributed over the internet. Based on nearly a decade of avatar development, Ventrella has the practical foundation on which to justify even the most outrageous claims, regarding what "avatar" might mean in the future.

ISBN

978-1-257-76355-9

Publisher

Carnegie Mellon University: ETC Press

City

Pittsburgh, PA

Page Count

286

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Virtual Body Language – The History and Future of Avatars: How Nonverbal Expression is Evolving on the Internet

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