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Friday, October 05, 2018


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Tom Boellstorff

Thanks for the shoutout!

Clara Seller

I just watched a delightful GEEcast interview with Mr. Boellstorff on YouTube.

It's nice to get another perspective on virtual worlds beside the "tech" one.

It makes me wonder if places like SL wouldn't be better served with upper management that has broader expertise, vision, and sensitivity outside of the tech bubble. A virtual world is more than just the nuts and bolts.

Tom Boellstorff comes off as more enthusiastic and enlightened about SL potential and success, than the person who runs it. That's frustrating.


I am a sociologist and I have been in SL for about 7 years and I have detected exactly the same, I have and had some friends who at some point they told me about a health problem that does not allow them to have a normal life and this surprised me. Of all those life stories there are some people who even got to say goodbye because they had an advanced cancer and they did not reconnect again.

Of all these stories I've had in the 7 years in SL, the one that most impacts me is someone I remember as "fairy". About 2 years ago I met a sweet lady in an accident she lost two legs, one arm, one eye and can only speak with a voice device. She is a fairy in a forest designed to delve into the history she has created in her forest. It is a beautiful place where you can feel peace. When I started chatting with her we immediately made a connection and after some time of conversation she told me her story and it is difficult for her to leave the house, she only goes to the doctor, some shopping and eventually goes to a park. As a sociologist I did a mental exercise made by Max Webber where we divest our values, thoughts and perspective that every human being makes of ourselves with our own life experience and I enter in her perspective. Imagine having a life that you can not frequently see someone, without talking to anyone... thanks to second life these people can have a human contact, socialize, smile, create, fascinate others and touch our lives. On one occasion I wrote to Ebbe Altberg about this and received a pleasant response thanking me for this information. In fact, those who know the history of "Ivory Tower Library of Primitives" is a sample of this. In my experience Second Life is more useful to society than many people believe, we could even be talking about social responsibility.

I hope that Second Life has more years of life because I do not know how it would be for these people to start a second life for the third time if they have to move to another virtual world.

Tom Boellstorff

Lovely post, Alejandro! We have indeed known not just for 10 years but before SL that virtual worlds can have all kinds of possibilities for disability, and every new story has something to offer. This is a wonderful one! Thanks for sharing it, Alejandro. And very true, James, that the interface can make access more of an issue than it should be for disabled folks (and the VR is not making this easier so far).

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