Second Life has been banned from Twitch, surely you have heard. Motherboard, a tech reporting blog, has an article about that banning that features comments from Wagner James Au (Hamlet Au) of New World Notes. See: Second Life Is Banned From Twitch Because Cocks Can Happen at Any Moment.
The article is accurate enough based on what I know and can find. But, that has not stopped some from placing blame on Hamlet for what various reporters are doing to capture readers.
Over the years I have found Drax to be a very talented but emotional supporter of Second Life. He has done an amazing job of finding the high points of Second Life an reporting on them. His ability to portray the good side of Second Life and the people that use SL to positive effect surpasses all others. (Please notice the period)
Drax excels at being able to put things in an emotional context people can relate to. He does a far better job of that than I can. I am a skeptic, I want evidence, I want justice, and a rational balance for most everything and I think that shows in my writing and comments in various places. It is debatable whether that is a fault of mine or a positive ability.
I detest vigilantism because it tends to be more emotional than just. Plus there are those that use emotions to forward their agenda. Politicians know they can stampede a significant number of people and achieve their goals. So, I never know if someone skilled at emotional manipulation is believing what they say because they are in it or if they are just working the crowd. I do know, either way, it can draw out the haters.
Read the Motherboard article and find anything that Hamlet said that is not true. I play in SL. I know what he is apparently telling Motherboard’s contributor, Emanuel Maiberg, is accurate. At least the parts Emanuel quoted.
Gianna seems to be a good example of someone projecting. Those that follow Hamlet and have no personal axe to grind understand Hamlet maintains a relationship with current and past Lindens. He isn’t in the smear business. But, Gianna certainly smeared Hamlet. I wonder if she even realized she was exhibiting the behavior she was condemning?
I bring this up because American society is moving toward eliminating free speech. I see this as another example of people deciding that if you cannot support their agenda then you should keep quite.
There seems to be more people trying to clean up Second Life’s image by removing coverage of sex in SL. I think that is a consequence of the political movement to eliminate, or at least severally restrict, free speech. Telling people they are causing problems by talking about issues is so common place it just seems natural to do the same. No one solves a problem be being silent about it.
Of course a person can make things worse by the Alinsky behavior of attacking those that do talk about a problem and attempt to shame them rather than actually discuss the issue and real causes.
I do try to keep things in perspective. Canary Beck has shifted my thinking toward trying to get people to grow mature ideas about sex, especially in the gaming arena. But, hiding the problem and attempting to shame those talking about issues is a tactic of dictators that is infiltrating mainstream thought and behavior.
It will be interesting to see what Canary contributes to New World Notes. (reference)