Gwen is so well-read and insightful! I’ve also felt that the creativity in SL has been the key to why it continues to hold a critical core of residents. I love what she draws from Mona Eberhart (another person whom I respect in terms of SL commentary) that unlike the massive social networks, our data is protected. Linden Lab respects our privacy and therefore doesn’t really need big numbers to be successful. The framework of the big social networks depends on growing numbers to justify advertising “face time” charges. Our networking is organic, it’s facilitated by things like our profiles and the SL search engine but it’s not forced on us as it is by Facebook and other networks through mechanical (algorithmic) means.
I love how she concludes her musing:
[The kind of people who stick with SL are] the ones who have long ago learned the skill to entertain themselves, i.e., create their own entertainment. And this, ultimately, is what SL is good for: to create one’s own entertainment, and not depend on a set of rules, imposed by others, by social conditioning and peer-pressure, which tell you how you should have fun or not. SL is the counter-culture to society’s norms of entertainment: residents refuse to do “what everybody else thinks is fun”, but, instead, create their own ways of having fun. And, to be honest — except perhaps for pen-and-paper role-playing games or artistic production, i.e. writing a novel or making a movie — there are not many ways out there to do that. Not with the ease it can be done in Second Life.
Hello, is this thing on? Is it working? Not sure since it won’t let me import any of my friends using the friend finder (it won’t connect to yahoo mail or hotmail to look up addresses). Not sure what I’ll use this for, if at all, but thought I’d at least give myself an option.
Be free, be tolerant, have fun.