[MUD-Dev] Expected value and standard deviation.
talien at toast.net
Sun Jan 11 15:29:07 New Zealand Daylight Time 2004
Ola Fosheim Grøstad [mailto:olag at ifi.uio.no]
> I doubt humans are significantly different just because they
> happen to use say a computer rather than a footballfield or a
> phone. Yes,
I agree with you. The medium alone is not what changes people.
What makes them significantly different is the level of anonymity
the communication medium provides. You are slightly anonymous on a
football field. You are more anonymous on the phone. You're even
more anonymous over a game where there are no visual or audial cues
tied to what makes you, you. The higher the anonymity, the more the
> there is most likely some disinhibition in CMC, even in video
> conferences. (Although, one might ask if the users in such studies
> were thoroughly familiar with the medium.) There are a lot of
> problems with message based communication without moderation,
> especially in cultures like USENET, which I assume is what you
> have been looking at... Sure.
The necessity for moderation implies there's a problem. That
doesn't contradict that people are more disinhibitive when they're
more anonymous, and CMC provides that more than other mediums.
> There are also problems with people being in the army or driving a
> car! So, let's not extrapolate too heavily... when it comes to
I've argued the point (as have others on this list) that driving in
a car is its own anonymity. Can't speak for the army, other than to
say that disinhibition in other situations does not nullify the
thesis that CMC causes more disinhbition as a result of the
anonymity it provides.
If anything, CMC is altered but still relevant in MUDs. Now we have
fabricated social cues. Yes, they replace the normal visual/audio
cues provided in face to face conversation, but they are still
fictional. That's a cloak of anonymity that ultimately will
encourage disinhibitive behavior.
> Fact is, one should be surprised that people act as nice as they
> do in virtual worlds rather than claiming the opposite based on a
> few mindless brats. I met more jerks in my schoolyard than I do in
> virtual worlds.
Ahem. I never made my claim based on a "few mindless brats."
Mike "Talien" Tresca
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