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Cyberspace and Identity

Posted by C Moon on January 20, 2008

Recently, in the newspaper, I’ve read an interesting article called The Cyber Me. This article talks about a role game much in vogue with Korean teenagers (though I never heard of it before…;;) called “Member Play.”

… It is surprising that major portal sites have more than two thousand Member Play cafes, each of which boasts several thousand members.

So, what is “Member Play”? People set up communities and members pick the roles they wish to play in the community such as favorite pop singers. A member tracks every move of the celebrity, whose role he chose to play, and imitates it in the cyberspace.

What would be the true purpose of this game? Becoming “happier” than before or the Real Me by imitating the life of a celebrity in the cyberspace or in one’s imagination? Admiration and illusion may help people avoid unsatisfactory reality. But without facing the real world, how can one improve his situation? It is my view that people need to learn how to love themselves before loving others.

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Photo Credits: “Please Report to Cyberspace..” by benchilada on Flickr

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