Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Second Life: when the place dies and the space remains

Well I think it just has to be said. Second Life has become so boring, so childish, so repetitive, so narcotic depressive and technically laggy that there is no longer anything to find there or any fun to have there.

It was a very interesting experiment but it is now dead. I learned a great deal about how spatial metaphors might work in the coming Internet of Things. But mostly I learned how not to construct a social network. The entire libertarian anarchist Capitalist ethic was kind of stupid when you think of it. After all that is essentially the world we live in already, and that is the world which is crushing community for most people: so why would anyone think that this same pattern would cause community in a virtual world.

Second Life was so inspired by a spiritualist ethic that simply by reproducing it would purge that for the first years no one seemed to worry about how community was being formed or not formed. But given how much the Virtual Reality Myth was part of Science Fiction is was probably necessary that it be tried. It is now been re-packaged as the truly unbearable IMVU. But the idea that we would go in to an alternative reality and have interesting lives and experiences has been demonstrated to be dead.

Cyberspace is dead. One thing people actually have enough of is reality. In fact people can not keep on top of the reality they have, that is what they need the Internet for: to connect to the reality that is already around them.

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
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btweetmore said...

I don't think you should turn your personal malaise into a damnation of the virtual world experience. Considering you pictures are from a welcome area, I worry you have simply been jaded by the experience and have transformed this personal boredom into some judgement of the experience.

I have been in since 2006 and still find fascination every single day in the experience. SL is a virtual "LIFE", and like life, it ebbs and flows. The trick I believe is to find complete immersion, and stop simply being an observer.

Anonymous said...

@btweetmore - Don't be fooled by the Cyber trekker's seemingly tourist viewpoint. He's been in SL for quite some time. Although he takes a simplistic and surface-level view of his SL travels for his blog, he's been around just like the rest of us. Sometimes truth hurts a little... /wave Rober

CHUCKMATRIX Clip said...

I found this article interesting and mostly true. Flawed though SL maybe, I'm not ready to give up yet. There HAS seemed to be a mass exodus of the finer things in the past year, but there are those of us who remain who believe in something greater. The shallow ones, the ones who are here to satisfy their baser needs will only last so long. I truly believe there will be something of a new renaissance in SL. I had left for a year. I came back because I believe in a Second Life that is something greater than it is today. I find beautiful things and people everyday. So much good has come from SL, fundraisers for worthy causes like cancer research, Japan and Legacy Australia. The list goes on and on. Wonderful creations from amazing artists, including collaborations of artists from around the world. There IS a community in SL, we're just not as loud as the childish ones. We DO see the value of RL, but we also see the value of SL and try to balance the two in such a way as to get the full benefit of both. So, I ask you, take another look at SL, it's not dead yet. :D

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