Whoa nelly…

Linden Labs addresses “Accusations Regarding Child Pornography in Second Life.”

Methinks that Linden’s hands-off approach to Second Life resident behavior has them in a pickle.  Their recent actions have clearly demonstrated that they want out of the people side of the business – only to focus on the technical side of the shop.  (Witness their shutting down the in-world liaison service as well as Cory Linden’s town hall meeting, which by all accounts did not go well.)

Problem is, Linden still has responsibility for Second Life and what goes on inside it.  Hence the allegations of ageplay gone amok.  (I won’t even begin to address ageplay – ick)  While Linden wants to wash its hands of the actions and activities inside its virtual world, it can’t.   And governments around the world won’t let it.

I often wonder if Rosedale & co. really appreciated  the can of worms that they opened when they started Second Life.  Some cross-disciplinary law-economics-political science-sociology-anthropology student is going to have one incredible senior thesis.  Let’s just hope that the thesis is about a work in progress, and not a historical retrospective.

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