Chapter 4. Your Avatar—Your Virtual Self
Your avatar can look any way you want it to. ... If you’re ugly, you can make your avatar beautiful. If you’ve just gotten out of bed, your avatar can still be wearing beautiful clothes and professionally applied makeup. You can look like a gorilla or a dragon or a giant talking penis.
—Neal Stephenson from Snow Crash
Who do you want to be? How do you want to look? In Second Life, you can look like whatever you want, and you can change your mind minute by minute. You have a three-dimensional representation of yourself called an avatar, also referred to as AV or avie. You are your avatar in SL. Others ...