I noted 2011's top NWN posts by popularity last week, now here's a selection of my own personal favorites that I think (hope!) are still worth reading. At the very top is "Sander's Villa: The Man Who Gave His Father a Second Life" which is what I consider the essential NWN story, showing how online worlds can shape culture in the digital age-- in this case, how we respond to the death of a loved one, and pre-digital art. Another top favorite is "Second Life Used to Design Wisconsin Retirement Home With Input from Senior Citizens", a story illustrating how SL can still be used for practically and socially transformative RL applications. I wish I had time to write more of these -- here's to doing that in 2012.
More favorites from 2011:
- Why Second Life Can't Survive on Its Current Users Alone
- Linden Lab To End Era As Second Life-Only Company In 2012
- When the Brand Becomes a Liability - How to Rebrand Second Life (for The CMO Site)
- Should Access to Social Networks be a Basic Human Right? Google & Facebook's Recent Moves Make Me Think So
- Academic Study: People Get More Happiness from Being in Second Life Than Good News from Real Life
- How Can Ray Kurzweil be Right About the Singularity When He Seems So Wrong About Second Life?
- The Myth of Second Life's Failure to Go Big: It Wasn't Lack of Practical Applications, But Poor Execution & Market Timing
- Newt Gingrich's Second Life: The Leading GOP Presidential Candidate Visited the Virtual World With All-Female Avatar Bodyguards, Suggested Congress Meet in SL Too
Also, some guest posts worth reading if you haven't already: