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Sep 18, 2008



Another one of the bad articles. I really tried to read, but after I've learned that "Second Life is like 3D Internet" and concluded that author cannot distinct Internet and Web, I quit. And why would I read an article about science written by somebody who gets so easily distracted by a cartoon skirt? I like SL, I like science, I like cybersex. But I never confuse them. Especially if I should write a story about any of them.


I don't think it's a bad article at all - I think it's exactly how an average person would react to your typical "weirdness" of Second Life. Face it, the presence of escorts, flying penises and Gor slaves is exactly why mainstreaming SL is about impossible to do.

Second Life is like having to watch 4 TV channels at once, and you only get to choose one of them - the other three are random. You might choose NOVA but you very well may get a cooking show, late night public access Cable and 24/7 porn on the other three. And given that sex, porn and other such things are very predominant, it's a good bet that's what will show up on the other screens sooner rather than later.


Reading the article, I'm struck by what a dead place he describes. There is nobody there but an escort and another guy who just vanishes after a while. It's like reading about a restaurant with nobody in it or an empty shopping mall.


I have to agree with Tim.

I think the point of the article is the very openness of SL regions to all visitors is an achilles heel as well as a strength. SL museums have all sorts of visitors, including ones that you wouldn't want your 8-year-old child or great-aunt Petunia to meet. It's an excellent argument for alternative approaches to virtual worlds that embody ***slightly*** more controls.


Tim and Arnold clearly spend very little time in Second Life, which makes them qualified to evaluate the potential...how?? The original post is much more thoughtful. And useful.


Actually CC I have personally spent quite a bit of time in there and owned a fair bit of land. I go back in fairly often to check out educational and historical recreations of areas in SL.


interesting blog topic, i'll watch out to more posts...

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