Carmen Hermosillo

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Carmen Hermosillo
Died10 August 2008 Edit this on Wikidata

Carmen Hermosillo (died August 10, 2008[1][2]), A.K.A. humdog, was a community manager/research analyst,[3][4] essayist, and poet. A contributor to 2GQ (now New Oregon Arts & Letters), FringeWare Review, wired, and Leonardo, Peter Ludlow's High Noon on the Electronic Frontier,[5] and How to Mutate and Take Over the World,[6] she was a participant in many online communities including early chat rooms and internet forums such as The WELL, BBSs, and later activities such as Second Life.

In 1994 she published a widely influential essay online, "Pandora's Vox: On Community in Cyberspace",[7] in which she argued that the result of computer networks had led to, not a reduction in hierarchy, but actually a commodification of personality and a complex transfer of power and information to companies.[8]

Selected work[edit]

  • "Pandora's Vox: On Community in Cyberspace" (1994)[5][7]
  • "Veni Redemptor: The Metallic Masks of God" (1997)
  • "The History of the Board Ho" (2004) [9]
  • "A rant: Sex in Gaming" (2005)
  • "Confessions of a Gorean Slave" (2006) [10][11]
  • "Roleplay and the Social Contract in Virtual Worlds" (unfinished)


  1. ^ Meadows, Mark Stephen and Ludlow, Peter (09/02/2009). "A Virtual Life. An Actual Death",
  2. ^ Brown, Tiffany Lee (08/13/2008). "Carmen Hermosillo: humdog in Memoriam Archived September 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine",
  3. ^ "carmen hermosillo",
  4. ^ "Avatars 97 Speakers",
  5. ^ a b humdog (1996) "Pandora's Vox", High Noon on the Electronic Frontier, p.437. Ludlow, Peter, ed. ISBN 0-262-62103-7.
  6. ^ R. U. Sirius, St. Jude, and the Internet 21 (1996). How to Mutate and Take Over the World. ISBN 978-0-345-39216-9.
  7. ^ a b "Introducing Humdog: Pandora’s Vox Redux", OR 05/05/2004. "Introducing Humdog: Pandora’s Vox Redux", (formerly Second Life Herald).
  8. ^ Curtis, Adam (2011). All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, episode 1. 35'55".
  9. ^ Hermosillo, Carmen (5 August 2004). "The History of the Board Ho", The Second Life Herald.
  10. ^ Hermosillo, Carmen (22 February 2006). "Confessions of a Gorean Slave, Part 1", The Second Life Herald.
  11. ^ Hermosillo, Carmen (22 February 2006). "Confessions of a Gorean Slave, Part 2", The Second Life Herald.

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