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Desiree Ferro October 22nd 2001 Critical Thinking Review of Sherry Turkles Article Sherry Turkle is an author of many things She enjoys to write about cultural aspects of psychoanalysts and about the human relationship to technology Her main focus is on online role-playing games An article that I recently read of hers was Constructions and Reconstructions of the Self in Virtual Reality In it she writes about online games such as Identity workshops Role-Playing Games Virtual Realities and Evocative Objects Although relatively hard to read at times I found her article to be quite interesting as well as informative The first section of her article dealt with Identity Workshops She talked about how people create different worlds for themselves through the computer I can identify with this section At some point in time everyone in there life wishes they could change something about it Identity Workshops can also help people deal with their problems If they are having problems in the work place they can come home and go on the computer and create the perfect world for themselves I particularly liked this section because I was able to easily identify with it and I am sure many others can as well The next section was Role-Playing Games This section helped people cope with the fact that their lives are less than perfect and they are able to be put in a situation that will help them see their problems differently This section can prove to be helpful for someone who has something wrong in their life and does not know what to do about it The third section dealt with Virtual Realities and Role Playing to a Higher Power This section gave an example of a man named Peter who spent 40 hours a week on MUDs In his program he makes up his ideal self in a life that is much more sophisticated than his own He felt that the
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