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what does "safe" mean in VWs? Is this something that is different almost 20 years later?

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Has anyone read The Hunger

Has anyone read The Hunger Games?

Yes!! Adam and I have read

Yes!! Adam and I have read them all and have them if you want to borrow them! They are good and great points of discussion!

I was supposed to read them

I was supposed to read them for a book club... I have them sitting on my desk. I'm going to read them over break. Adam has though.

No, but I really want to!

No, but I really want to!

Don' we still get the fear of

Don' we still get the fear of lose of self with MMORPG "addiction"? Aren't all parents fearful of their kids becoming the crazy griefer on South Park?

addiction and self

I think that fear is overhyped by the media. People with addiction issues or those who go out and kill fellow players over rare, pixelated swords are often already suffering from mental illnesses. It's a confusion or conflation of causation and correlation.

Preaching to the converted!

Preaching to the converted!

I learned exactly how safe

I learned exactly how safe 'safe space' is the hard way. I think I was like 14 and created this alternate identity online. Everything was fine, until some of my middle school friends found all of my stuff. Needless to say, middle schoolers don't really understand identity exploration.

So, I think from then on, the possibility that the two worlds could collide has always been in the back of my mind.

Good point. I guess there is

Good point. I guess there is always the possibility of being "found out". If not just online or then being found out locally. You know...parents finding histories, transcripts, etc.

Yeah exactly. I'll admit it,

Yeah exactly. I'll admit it, I was pretending I was 17, and I had online boyfriends. If my parents knew they would have killed me. Even today I am paranoid about erasing skype chats and other things like that. I wouldn't want the wpa to find out that I complain about my 106 students (rarely, that is, but it happens).

Safety

I get the sense that as a digital culture, our curiosity and access to nigh unlimited amounts of data has desensitized us (as well as made us savvy about) much of the truly awful content in the world. I'm thinking of early sites like Rotten.com and Steakandcheese.com and the more contemporary sites like 4chan.org

Just so everyone can stop

Just so everyone can stop worrying, my Google calendar is back.

Good. I was worried about you

Good. I was worried about you :-)