Jargon Watch: Avatar

    Sometimes elements of cyberculture collide into our language. The end result? Jargon. Even if you are familiar with the term below, you may not know its history or full definition.

    Jargon Watch: Avatar 1Avatar – graphic representation of a person online, usually used to navigate a virtual world such as Second Life. Some try to make their avatars look like themselves, and others go for idealized/stylized visions. Japanese anime characteristics – larger heads and eyes – are common.

    In Hindu philosophy, an avatar (also spelt as avatara), most commonly refers to the incarnation (bodily manifestation) of a higher being (deva), or the Supreme Being (God) onto planet Earth.

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