This is an image of how I see Second Life fitting in to a Web 3.0 Rhizome. Read my wiki on Rhizome.
Places in Second Life have connections of RL. Some of these are geo information, models of RL places, locations of people and business. These links can be tagged. A blog entry can contain both the SLURL and the Google Maps location. The text of the blog and its tags give a meaning to the link defining the connection. These blog links should also have entries to the Cloud, to web pages like Flickr, Wikipedia, other blogs, news sites, RSS, PopFly, Facebook, MySpace, Twitters, YouTube and all those wonderful things people have built in the Imagination Economy.
One can explore a deeply choatic and potentially meaningfull rhizome of links between places on Google Earth, web content and a space in Second Life, locating Second Life in a larger culture.
For expample I go to Paris 1900 in Second Life.
I give an image of Paris in Second Life
I can then show the Google Streets location for the RL location that inspired it:
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Then I can bring in Wikipedia information
And provide some information about Paris in the 19th to 20th Century
The Industrial Revolution, the French Second Empire, and the Belle Époque brought Paris the greatest development in its history. From the 1840s, rail transport allowed an unprecedented flow of migrants into Paris attracted by employment in the new industries in the suburbs. The city underwent a massive renovation under Napoleon III and his préfet Haussmann, who levelled entire districts of narrow, winding medieval streets to create the network of wide avenues and neo-classical façades of modern Paris. This programme of "Haussmannization" was designed to make the city both more beautiful and more sanitary for its inhabitants, although it did have the added benefit that in case of future revolts or revolutions, cavalry charges and rifle fire could be used to deal with the insurrection while the rebel tactic of barricading so often used during the Revolution would become obsolete.
Cholera epidemics in 1832 and 1849 affected the population of Paris—the 1832 epidemic alone claimed 20,000 of the then population of 650,000. Paris also suffered greatly from the siege which ended the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871): in the chaos caused by the fall of Napoleon III's government, the Commune of Paris (1871) sent many of Paris's administrative centres (and city archives) up in flames while 20,000 Parisians were killed by fighting between Commune and Government forces in what became known as the semaine sanglante (Bloody Week).
Paris recovered rapidly from these events to host the famous Universal Expositions of the late nineteenth century. The Eiffel Tower was built for the French Revolution centennial 1889 Universal Exposition, as a "temporary" display of architectural engineering prowess but remained the world's tallest building until 1930, and is the city's best-known landmark, while the 1900 Universal Exposition saw the opening of the first Paris Métro line. Paris's World's Fairs also consolidated its position in the tourist industry and as an attractive setting for international technology and trade shows.
Also in 1900 Paris had the Olympics
Chariots of Fire.
And the opening sequence here brings back memories for me and makes me think why I moved to England.
Sideways picture of some important in London.
Bridge in Stratford Upon Avon. Explore the area in Google Maps:
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Shakespears Sideways church
People hate Bush and always did. In 8 years I have meet 1 person who supported Bush and he was not a hot head or anything. I also knew a Tory who kind of supported him but mostly people hate him, which makes living day to day a lot easier than say Huston.
And perhaps I entered SL for the same reasons I moved to London from Chicago, maybe the rhizome is like the unconscious mind, running away from the real it can't stand.
And I think you start to see how the Imagaination Age promotes connectivity that is more dream like.
Rational systems need to be top down, procedure and tree structures contain and form information, giving it a fate in these enterprises. Government, corporations, NGO all will claim to be formed in this way. Their computer systems will generally be rational.
But the works will use Google, IM, email, and RSS to find the informaiton they need.
The Web 3.0 Rhizome can connect anything and everything. A mass matrix filling with the associations of millions and millions of humans. The culture begins to wear a cyber weave, like the novels of old we take a space and make it a place.
Art is full of journeys. When I was in Jerusalem I found myself walking the route of Jesus and seeing the city as a Spring ritual, a flow of life and death.
Joyce did this with Dublin. For me Pynchon created a network in which I could understand London. I live here but my grounding was defined by his work.
All of this billions of days of work turning informaiton into knowledge is out there now, its all free and you can connect to all of it.
You can now locate places in real and unreal works: rooms in Google Lively (yah right), SIMS in SL. Blog this information and then it can go to communites via NING or FaceBook.
Soon everything everywhere will make sense, of a kind.
The Universe always was pure information for us, but now we will have the ability to form it faster, to test it, present it and defend it faster but also to hide it and lie about it, to attack and spread hate.
There are positives and negatives.
In the end perhaps its all just change for change? Or maybe its something more?
And then I had a Sex in the City moment: "and then Rober1236 Jua relieved what a nice place a product placement might make in all of this". But that is another topic.
Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life