I sent an audio comment to Joseph with a clip from a “best of” cd from a local radio morning show. In the clip, the DJs discuss Second Life in a way that I think may be indicative of many of the uninitiated. They view it as a sort of geek’s paradise. Someplace where you’d find the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.
I think it’s sort of easy, at first glance to see Second Life as such.
But, with further inspection, and with a little immersion in the experience and an open mind, you begin to see the truly great opportunity of Second Life. To realize that the person you’re talking to in world is sitting on their computer, somewhere else in the world, talking back to you, engaging with you, is a stunning thought when you’re actually participating.
To be able to meet with people from across the globe that you’d probably never meet, is amazing.
To lower the guard and take down the barriers that people often feel due to status, money, success, etc. is incredible.
Will things go bad at times? Of course.
Will people abuse the system. Obviously, it’s human nature.
I think, though for those of us who are truly interested in using these tools for communication, for community, etc. (if only we could harness that power for good!), Second Life will continue to evolve and show its value.
Do I understand everything about Second Life? No, of course not. I’m still a newbie, still learning and not able to spend the amount of time necessary to truly become a “power user.” For example, I don’t understand the concept of food, drink, drugs, etc. That’s a little far out for me, but as I get more involved, grow and become attached, maybe I’ll be the one selling hot dogs on the corner.
I think that so many things that have become “standard” in American and world culture started with the vast majority being skeptical. Usually, when the thing involves technology, it’s dismissed as something geeks do. But in this world of people wanting to get more connected, meet new people, build communities…Second Life is going to fill that need.
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