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Sentimental Objects

  • Margaret Gibson
  • Clarissa Carden
Chapter
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Abstract

This chapter explores the more personalised and domestic objects that are related to memories of lost and deceased friends, lovers, and experiences. We discuss those objects to which Second Life residents have a sentimental attachment. We discuss the way in which objects can serve as reminders of loved ones who have either died or moved on. We also discuss the way in which Second Life residents consciously replicate and reproduce meaningful objects they encounter outside of Second Life such as items relating to home, clothing, and even pets. Finally, we consider the fate of objects whose owners have “died”—either virtually, through ceasing to enter the virtual world, or through the physical death of the person behind the avatar.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Gibson
    • 1
  • Clarissa Carden
    • 1
  1. 1.Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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