Im supposed to me working on new clothes and setting up a set list for my DJ show later today but instead i found myself building a new book in iPhoto presenting snapshots of my work and adventures in Second Life. This is to be a coffee table book for family members to browse at christmas during the traditional get together. Fed up am i of being asked what i do only to then have a condescending chuckle in reply to my explanation.
Not only do i show full page snapshots of second life i also have a written explanation at the beginning of every chapter trying to explain what Second Life is and what i get out of it.
After writing these i was suddenly worried wether i’ve made Second Life sound to extravagant in its purpose. Do i really feel this way about Second Life, is it really what i describe it as?
Connecting, sharing, cultural fusion, one world. In the past to be connected to the world meant being wealthy enough to get on a fuel consuming jet plane and physically moving around the planet.
The forefathers of the internet age believed connecting ordinary people to each other through computers would bring a self managing society able to bring stability to humanity without the corruption of power.
While overall this ideal has been pushed aside by capitalism’s insatiable greed, pockets still exist within the connected world exploring the possibilities of a self managing society. Second Life is one such pocket.
Second Life allows an open shared environment for anyone from around the world to meet share and experience ideas. Through art, history and fantasy people are exploring what it means to be human together on earth. Through comparing culture, histories and differences, collaborating to create something new to be shared by all.
Maybe i do believe this but just forget due to the day to day content creation cycle that plays a big part in keeping things going. Maybe this is a reason so many great minds are getting bored of SL? They see the capitalist ideas seeping into Second Life changing the direction of of the platform and decide this is not the experiment they fell in love with.
Am i crazy to think pockets of communities such as the Second Life Platform could give clues to a society post capitalist collapse? Maybe Second Life was such an experiment, if so has it failed? Has it always been about the investors getting their monies worth, or are the platforms many troubles due to a lack of interest to make big bucks?