Wednesday, June 05, 2013

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The Unbearable Lightness of SL10B

Second Life 10th anniversary bear

You know, I've been writing about Second Life for over 10 years, and I've written a lot about what I thought the future of SL would bring. It would be the next generation of the Internet, I suggested. It would disrupt the entire entertainment industry, I implied. It would remake whole industries, I averred, as they learned to incorporate Second Life as a prototyping and content sharing tool with thousands and thousands of real world use cases. It would become a crucial platform for political and economic reform, I speculated. And so on. I wrote things like that, oh yes I did.

But somehow, for some reason, I never, ever imagined its 10th anniversary would include a commemorative bear. That's right, a bear. But right there is the bear, unbearably laid bare for me to bear.

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Cube Republic

I love the glakey look on the bears face lol. It's mouth doesn't move, it just stares with a glakey look and glazed eyes lol.

Kitty revolver

Isn't the mascot of sl a hippo? I guess I'm showing my age. Lol

joker

Taxidermy.. a perfect age old meme for a Second Life.

GoSpeed  Racer

Why am I reminded of Cookie Bear from the old Andy Williams show?

Walter

Maybe blogging is not the right business for you. You haven´t been able to predict much. You are just jumping from one hype to the next and remind me very much about the pessimistic journalists that didn´t see a future for the automobile, the computer or the Internet when they first came out.

Todd Borst

Being unable to predict well may make him a poor fortune teller, but it certainly does not impede on his ability to blog.

I think many of us shared his enthusiasm at the early stages of SL. Over time, it is difficult not to adjust to the realities before us.

Iggy

Walter called Hamlet one of:

"the pessimistic journalists that didn´t see a future for the automobile, the computer or the Internet when they first came out. "

Technological change leads in directions we cannot predict, some very bad, some nearly utopian. Someone needs to question each and every technology for that very reason.

Maybe had we seen that cars would turn US urban cores into hollow shells for many decades, ruin our arable land by blighting it into strip-malls and cul-de-sacs, then slowly help make Earth's climate into a giant chemistry experiment, journalists would have hung Henry Ford from a lamp post.

The PC and Internet promised utopia. Then SL held out its hand with a cup of Rosedale Kool-Aid. Cory and Philip both slung a lot of utopian crap a decade ago, and we believed it. I did.

And what did we get? A bear with a party hat with two pixel-peeps cavorting in ugly letter jackets.

Brave new world, that.

Wolf Baginski

Nobody expects the ursine exhibition!

Giulio Prisco

@Todd re "[M]any of us shared his enthusiasm at the early stages of SL. Over time, it is difficult not to adjust to the realities before us."

Right. The first time that I used Second Life, 7 or 8 years ago, I immediately thought in an adrenaline rush that "It would be the next generation of the Internet, It would disrupt the entire entertainment industry, It would remake whole industries." What can we say, we didn't even imagine for a second that the rest of the people wouldn't give a damn. Sometimes first impressions are wrong.

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