What is an avatar? Why are there nearly a billion of them, and
who is using them? Do avatars impact our real lives, or are they
just video game conceits? Is an avatar an inspired rendering of its
creator’s inner self, or is it just one among millions of
anonymous vehicles clogging the online freeways? Can we use our
avatars to really connect with people, or do they just isolate us?
And as we become more like our avatars do they become more like
In I, Avatar, Mark Stephen Meadows answers some of these questions, but more importantly, he raises hundreds of others in his exploration of avatars and the fascinating possibilities they hold. His examination of avatars through the lenses of sociology, psychology, politics, history, and art, he will change the way you look at even a simple online profile and revolutionize the idea of avatars as part of our lives, whether first or second.