Drew Carey Blogs In Praise of Second Life Steampunk
Friday on New World Notes is devoted to SL Bloggers, and recent posts from the metaverse blogosphere. Today that means a long review in praise of Pandora Wigglesworth, the brilliant creator who's made everything from a Clockwork Brain to a Propeller Mouth. The computer geek into Second Life steampunk? Why, Drew Carey, beloved comedian and TV celebrity, who also hosted Reason TV's visit to Second Life last year. "I have a friend who thinks being on Second Life makes me somehow less of a man because all I do is shop and look for cool places like [Wigglesworth's] Curio Obscura," Carey writes. "He plays World Of Warcraft. As he said to me in an email, 'I go on quests and kill monsters all day. What do you do, change your shirt?' Ooooh. Good burn."
I found Carey's post via Charlanna Beresford, who uses it to wonder what it must be like to be a real world celebrity in Second Life: "I don’t think anyone would dispute that celebrities should be entitled to their privacy in-world. But think about it for a moment, to maintain privacy a celebrity might need to recast things about his/her first life identity." In other words, to maintain a successful Second Life, the celebrity must hide or even disguise their first life. (Unsurprisingly, Drew Carey doesn't seem to mention the name of his SL avatar.)