This week there is flurry of postings about the Atlas Obscura article about Second Life™.
Strawberry Singh Ziki Questi is disappointed in Hamlet’s New World Notes post I think is attempting to put things into some perspective and warn of the problems with the type of posts that unrealistically spin the nature of SL. She Plurked: …read this ill informed post… referring to Hamlet’s post.
Hamlet’s post may be annoying to many, but I can’t see where he is misinformed. See: Reporter Who Only Gets Expert Tour of Second Life Only Gets Part of Second Life’s Story Right.
It seems people want to spin things and avoid the truth. Think about how you feel when you find out something has been misrepresented to you, when you are lied to. Seems to me this is what Hamlet is warning about… think ahead.
We may not like it that Second Life’s sexual nature is the main headline of many articles about Second Life. The fact is there is a significant portion of SL that is about sex.
The same is true of real life. This last Sunday at least three shows I saw running in or near prime time on major channels had a sex scene with a couple engaging in copulation. Sex is everywhere.
To invite or entice anyone into SL without some warning of what to expect can be considered misleading and dishonest. Just as it is a misrepresentation of SL to JUST talk about the sexual side, so too it is a misrepresentation to spin a word picture of SL without dealing with pixel sex. To be intellectually honest is no simple undertaking…
UPDATE: 5/13/2015 – Hamlet has posted about his original post. He is a bit surprised by the blow back. See: Why the Second Life Community Needs Positive Media Coverage (Comment of the Week). I still think most people are suffering from the current misconceptions about free speech, ignoring intellectual honesty, and have no positive alternatives to how diverse ideas can be expressed.