I seldom see bloggers in the Second Life™ sphere tackle deep philosophical ideas. There are plenty of rants and opinions. But, I seldom see people go beyond their personal outrage or anger over something that has touched them. So, Strawberry Singh’s Mean Comments Meme was a bit of a surprise.
Ms. Singh has seen Monica Lewinsky’s 20+ minute address caught by and promoted by TEDTalks. If you don’t know TEDTalks is a part of the larger TED – Technology, Entertainment, Design – a non-profit working to promote ideas worth spreading.
They state their mission as:
Our Mission: Spread ideas
TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On TED.com, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.
Ms. Singh responded to what she experienced. She included a picture with her comments about Ms. Lewinsky’s address. Her comment on the photo: ‘(this is a raw shot)’… yeah, in more than one way. If you haven’t read her Mean Comments Meme (link above), now would be a good time. And the video… certainly. Take the time. I believe both are worth the time.
I find Ms. Singh’s photo striking. I enjoy looking at images of Second Life on Flickr. It is one of my daily vices. It gives me a few minutes to idle my mind and experience what others are seeing and expressing. Ms. Singh’s image is the most impactful I’ve seen in some time.
I suspect Ms. Singh picked that image, not the one on this page, as it expresses the feeling she wanted to portray in her article. The one on this page I think fits my idea for this article.