critical reading for the rude

sl again

People are generally afraid to say that Second Life is lame.  They think others think SL is really cool.  They think that if they think SL is lame, others may think of them as lame.  People should get over this fear.  There’re plenty cool things abt SL, but nothing in there is really all that cool.  SL is kind of lame.  We should treat the thing as a classroom (classrooms are too often lame spaces anyway) and quit blowing smoke about how cool we think it is.  It’s not cool.  It’s lame.  Being lame doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its uses and value.  Some people think I’m lame.  I have uses.  I have value.  No, no, I’m not saying that we should chuck it altogether.  But be honest.  Recognize.  It’s pretty lame.

Now let’s think about how we can make it cooler.

1. One… chuck the Lindens.  Just quit showing up in SL.

2. Open-source and non-profitize MMORPG environments, creating standards for worlds that let you come and go with one avatar in multiple worlds… like you can open a document in a notepad, in Word, or in .odt format…

3.  I dunno.  What else needs doing?

August 10, 2007 - Posted by | libraries, teaching


  1. Interaction without sign up will work. Also, no long downloads just to get started. Oh, and kick out all the people I don’t like. These three things would make it better.

    Comment by Spencer | August 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. First Het components went in last week afaik. I think my earlier speculation about SL’s open source future (and LL’s future business model) was spot on ( re: ).

    And it’s not SL or Multiverse or any of those that will be a “standard”. People are finally coming around to seeing that we’re likely to have a layered system; a bunch of virtual worlds sitting on top of another layer. I’ve mentioned two on my blog (and another one), but there’s a third project I’ve been following for a few years which apparently is following the same hybrid plan.

    In the meantime…

    Comment by csven | August 19, 2007 | Reply

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