Monday, 29 March 2010

A bondage aristocracy



Harlech Estate is an example of a small domain with a "political" structure based on a bondage family. There are actually a few of these in Second Life. Harlech is the residency of Her Majesty Michelle Childs, Queen of Meriland. Meriland is a bondage gothic fantasy land ruled by Queen Childs with a family of slaves around her. These bondage royalties extend the normal bondage play in to a royal structure.



Its easy enough to dismiss these as sexual fantasy games. But I think royal titles and offices may have a great deal of value in Virtual Reality. Virtual Reality players upon the shared grounding in fairy tales and fantasy, and from Snow White to Star Wars these universes have always had Kings, Queens, Princesses, and Dukes. Presidents, Ministers, Executives and Administrators are the bureaucratic face of power and these roles are repeated in the administration and governance of large computer systems. But they do little for the emotional and identity needs of users. Royal titles and ceremony could do a great deal to build communities of allegiances in virtual space across boundries.

Allegance is the key elemenet to make communities on the Interent survive. Since it is easy to move from one identity or community to another how do you keep people involved? You need to build an emotional tie to a set group, one that can over come the endless childish spats that break out on the Internet, and perhaps adopting the symbols and signs of Royality could do this.

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
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