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Old 02-19-05, 10:56 PM   #1
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avatars and identity

if i might be serious for a moment [but just for a moment]...

what's all the fuss about avatars? i understand that some people chose to use pictures of themselves, cartoon characters, icons, pictures of gorillas, lena horne [that is lena horne, isn't it?], bikes and whatever to represent themselves. i'm just surprised at how some people take these so seriously as representations or depictions of other users.

i mean, it's one thing to be attached to your own signature image -- like a trademark -- and doubly so when it is actually a photograph of yourself [forgive the bad grammar]. it's another thing to treat the image chosen by another as a convenient short-hand representation as the person.

look at it this way: a picture of me is not me. it is a picture. it has a completely independent meaning. it is no more an accurate representation of me than an icon or a cartoon character. it signifies my post [which is not me], and that serves only to situate it in a narrative of me [which, again, is not me] in the context of the forum. conversely, if i use an image of me as my avatar, that is not me either.

the bottom line is that whatever image i chose, that image is not me. it signifies an instant in my bikeforums narrative.

all of this is to ask: does anyone really take avatars that seriously?

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Old 02-19-05, 10:57 PM   #2
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i just use ones that catch my fancy... and i always change mine
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Help I can't get these shades to stop the flashing, and it's driving me crazy!

Truckin, I'm a go'in home, whoa whoa baby back where I belong....
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Old 02-19-05, 11:05 PM   #4
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Help I can't get these shades to stop the flashing, and it's driving me crazy!

Truckin, I'm a go'in home, whoa whoa baby back where I belong....
ill fix 'em, what color do you want them
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Mine is my late dog (died last Sept. of bloat, she was only 5).


I once lost a cat to a (supposed) heart attack, when he was only two. I had to put my 15yo cat to sleep last summer... he'd been with me thru divorce, moving to three different states, deaths in the family and always greeted me with love when I came home. Sucks to lose a friend.
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Old 02-19-05, 11:13 PM   #6
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Pretty much me, stunned expression from the hundreth non sequitor style question of the day, weariing a workshirt, bad hair because I have bad hair, in front of trays of Sturmey parts no one wants.
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Old 02-19-05, 11:25 PM   #7
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it's interesting, though: there's an intent in the avatars. shifty chose jerry garcia, lauren chose her dog, the rev chose a particurly flattering picture of himself looking stunned. however, whatever the intent behind those choices, i can [and do] impute a completely unrelated meaning into the avatars.

do you think the avatars we chose informs how we read each others' posts?
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Old 02-19-05, 11:26 PM   #8
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I have avatars and signatures turned off. You're all just text to me.
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I have mostly used my avatars to display my taste in music.
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yeah man, go for the hat-trick of thread deletions!

Or did you get more than two threads deleted tonight and I just missed some?

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Old 02-20-05, 12:20 AM   #14
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yeah man, go for the hat-trick of thread deletions!

Or did you get more than two threads deleted tonight and I just missed some?

Yeah, man.. 5 more that you missed.

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Old 02-20-05, 12:38 AM   #15
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Mine is of me racing. I my avatar to be something to stand out so people know when ive posted/who i am just from looking at my avatar.
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I liked my last one too, it reminded me of my favorite dictator ( alleged that is ), Manuel Antonio Noriega (pineapple face to his close inner circle).
However I got a visit from the Eugene Grateful Dead secret police, and, well I saw it their way. Any day is a good day for a Grateful Dead Concert.
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I don't know why I chose mine. I was dicking around in Photoshop one day, making stencils for Bike Rides / High Fives t-shirts/graff, and I decided to make an avatar as well. Just a nice saying, I suppose.
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Old 02-20-05, 01:05 AM   #18
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Its me jumping. I change it occasionaly, before it was a pic of elisha cuthbert with a photoshopped santa claus hat on.
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i would use my dog on acid... but its to big
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Mine usually shows my state of drinking. I should probably change it back to coffee...
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I don't know about you, but that IS me in my Avatar!
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I needed my avatar to tell it like it is, so I picked my hero, Samuel L. Jackson.
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I needed my avatar to tell it like it is, so I picked my hero, Samuel L. Jackson.
Samuel L Jackson is from here, and I've met at least 10 people who claim they had his old locker when they where at City High School!
Mine is from "Ninja Scroll" and it's a perverted old wandering sage/ninja, just like me!
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