Second Life is a virtual community where participants interact with their environment and others through avatars. I developed an awareness of Second Life from an ethnographic article in the most recent addition of Symbolic Interaction. That article focused on sexual language and behavior in Second Life. Interestingly, you can meet somebody in Second Life and [...]
Beautifulpeople.com is a social networking/dating site for beautiful people where members vote in applicants according to perceived beauty. The site is known for occasionally terminating membership when members fail to live up to standards. Does social status have an aesthetic or derive from aesthetics? Here we have in-group dynamics and crowd aesthetics.
http://squa.re is the Youtube for the lifestyle inspired. Membership is by invitation only—though you may apply if you live an inspiring lifestyle. Nightlife, exoticness, contemporary, fashion, and style are all themes. In-group exclusivity is one dynamic here—the symbolic display of lifestyle conveys the leisure class. Here is a featured video embeded from Youtube.