Monday, 29 January 2007

Do we really have a second chance in life?


Do we really have that second chance to make everything work?
The makers of Second Life seem to think so... Never heard of it? Well...its quite the thing now...
It was created in 2003 by former RealNetworks CTO Philip Rosedale through Linden Lab
It's a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents...(residents being users like you and me)
Basically its an Internet based "game" (some ppl also take this game very seriously....) which is based on real life.. but isn't...You can own a house, a business, clothes, have friends, have a job.. and basically create a life for yourself that doesn't exist.. but that you wish did exist.... So for example, you are a short skinny guy.. and you want to be this big buff hot looking man..with wings!! well you can create your avatar to look just like that! And then you have always wanted to become a clothes designer.. but never had much talent, well you can start your own business..open a store.. and ppl can come buy your clothes...for real money...These avatars (virtual ppl) explore, meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and buy items (virtual property) and services from one another. As they spend more time in the world, they learn new skills and mature socially, learning the culture and manners of a virtual environment.


The currency used in Second Life is called Linden Dollars...which are exchangeable for US Dollars in a marketplace constituting users, the Linden Lab and real life companies. One U.S. dollar will buy 271 Lindens, enough to buy a basic outfit for an avatar...

Stores like American Apparel and Dell can be found in this virtual world.. and some new cies are adding themselves constantly...(pictures of AA in Second Life)


There have been many articles written about this program how its becoming our new reality...many questions are arising from this smart program which can... "make all your dreams come true..." However, there was a story about a woman, who dedicated her life to this program. She had developed her own clothing business.. and had spent her entire earnings on developping this product..her only revenue was the money she was getting from other residents who would buy her clothing.................


The first time I heard about this program.. I thought. WOW.. this really encourages people to become anti-social and spend their days developping a person that isn't even themselves..and spending money on something that isn't even real.. A friend of mine was telling me, that you can have Virtual Lap Dances (des fake dance à 10...), buy trips, have fake sex.. and simply.. do anything you want.. but virtually.. And I still believe it does encourage people to become anti-social.. however... this program can be a source of hope for those you can't walk, so they decide to dance, and hike.. or for those who are stuck in a dead beat job and always dreamed of becoming an artist...or for those that are just interested in trying something new....But I believe that everything should be done in moderation...I don't believe technology is taking over our lives.. I believe we have the choice to decide if we want it to or not.. and for programs like this that are emerging.. we need to think about what we really are as human beings... and develop skills in order to be the best we can be in the real world before needing to escape to a fake one...


- NC

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