November 22, 2006 by Colin
You know, I don’t consider myself a stuffy traditionalist. I like the new new thing. I like¬ the sense of unease and excitement¬ that¬ accompanies¬ new technology. But I can’t help being skeptical about the hype surrounding¬ Second Life.
Yes, it’s an innovative community that draws inhabitants from around the world.¬ After tasting the unique lifestyle and sometimes startling vistas, many visitors make a conscious decision to invest in property and visit more often.¬ It may¬ be a respite from everyday life, or a home base for a new life in a vibrant and developing community. Sure, some conflict has emerged as the original settlers have been confronted with accelerating¬ plans for development and the raised expectations of new arrivals. There are some calls for a more representative government. They’re all the issues that normally face a growing community … in Central Florida.
That’s right. There are some striking similarities between¬ Second Life and Celebration, Florida – the¬ Disney-planned and built community¬ based on the principles of New Urbanism.¬
Think about the hype surrounding Second Life.¬ Remember that there are several online communities (gaming, role playing or otherwise) with similar or larger subscriber bases. The recent spate of “online firsts” are only¬ somewhat noteworthy¬ because they¬ were staffed by avatars.¬ How about these headlines instead:
- American Apparel opens first outlet in Celebration
- Starwood Hotels premieres new design in Celebration
- Original Settlers Disturbed by Rampant Commercialism
- Reuters Reports on Hedonist Lifestyle
- Local Chamber of Commerce welcomes new integrated marketing company
- Horny Husbands Willing to Exchange Custom-Designed Shoes and Blouses for Mildly Racy Chat
[tags] Second Life, SL, in-world [/tags]