Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to animal or non-living things, phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts. Wikipedia
I’ve been having a lot of fun over the past few months with Polaroid MicroStories. Although work using physical world dolls, toys and actions figures may seem off-topic for someone focusing on virtual identity, it’s very complementary. The process of reification that transforms a couple of dolls pulled off a shelf into a character-based narrative also molds our conception of everyday experience. Our internal judgements shape our sense of reality in the same way that the caption imposes story and identity on an otherwise ambiguous image.
Vision is almost never experienced outside the realm of our storytelling imagination. The phrase “every picture tells a story” is misleading. Pictures don’t tell stories. They elicit stories from our minds. And outside of brief meditative moments, it is almost impossible to experience the truth that our own perceived identities are also stories we’ve made up and collectively reinforce.