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Wednesday, March 23, 2022


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Rule changes always stoke drama in SL users - but it happens in other online spaces too, where people forecast the end of life as we know it. Internet platforms that don't grow rich on selling dredged personal data have to build ways of working (aka rules) in order to make money, and not give/do/allow everything for free.
Myself, I've always avoided the trope of 'sexy female robots' for personal political reasons - just because it's in a virtual world doesn't divorce it from wider human attitudes. In many many years of photography and film in Second Life, I have only once shown my avatar naked, and you'd be hard pushed to notice it in the middle part of a video, heavily overlaid.
In any case, the shape and appearance of avatars follows fashion trends - enormous hips one year, shiny skin another. So what really is the loss?
But this article about the film, Ex Machinima, says a lot about my thoughts https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jan/15/ex-machina-sexy-female-robots-scifi-film-obsession.

Luther Weymann

I had 460+ product photos on Flickr, all vendor texture images of products. The only avatar pictures were of me fully dressed while in the product image. In the description of all 460+ photos, there were no links, no URLs, only the comment that my stores could be found under my name on the SL Marketplace and in Second Life. Flickr sent me a notice that referring to any location was in violation of their terms. I deleted all images then deleted my account, I just didn't care to put any more work into Flickr.

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