Sunday, 30 March 2008

Not Much out of Afica




Second Life's Sim Africa is pretty sad. It simply restates the white view of Africa, as seen in movies like the Lion King of Jungle Stories of a space without human history, a place of animals. Here and there some informaiton about AIDs is presented. So africa is constructed as either a land without human history or a place in need of white man's help: essentially the same view of African the motivated Victorian lang grabs and exploitation.

It would be nice to see a place that showed the vast cultural accomplisments and regions of Africa, providing some context to the series of problems for the visitor. But SL still lacks the teeth to confront members without anything hard, its pretty plastic.

I wish I could see these images in Seocnd Life, images of a rich culture that has influenced modern art and thinking:





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