Cajsa Lilliehook makes brutally effective use of Second Life's new highly-articulated Bento avatar skeleton to make a highly articulated expression against Trump as a moral hazard. I.E., "Taking risks when one is protected from the consequences." Which to judge by talk of impeachment coming even from some Republicans now, might not be true for much longer. Also, kudos for the first known use of Bento tech for political expression!
I mean, if anything Trump-related in the news recently inspires you. Then again at this rate, to judge by insider sources, he might resign or be impeached in a matter of weeks, so maybe hurry before avatars need someone else to be angry at?
In 2007, a young Muslim-American woman tentatively downloaded a new program called Second Life that her friend had recommended. SL was at its peak in media hype at the time, but after creating an avatar called "Strawberry Singh", she hesitated to return. "When I first logged in I was so lost that I logged out and didn't log back in for a week," she remembers. "But a week later I logged back in and was hooked."
As you might imagine, she has a deeply personal stake in protesting Trump -- and very good reasons for making that dissent known through an avatar-based pseudonym:
"I need to restrict myself in so many ways at times in the real world in work and social situations and at times personal situations with family as well," she tells me. "But in Second life there are no restrictions. I can be myself and express myself without caring if i get fired or judged. Also the safety of using a pseudonym also protects me from crazy lunatics Trump supporters that would otherwise threaten or try and hurt me in the real world for my religious affiliations or political beliefs. How many female reporters are attacked and threatened on a daily basis by men's rights activists or Trump thugs?"
It was actually Second Life itself which encouraged her to become more publicly forthright about her political opinions -- not because she's suffered real life anti-Muslim bigotry (she doesn't live in a pro-Trump neighborhood), but for another reason: