For those who don’t follow Second Life/Linden Lab-related news, the Second Life 5th Birthday celebration is coming up…but the Lindens don’t want to see ALL of their various communities represented. Just the ones that they choose. No child avatars (sorry, Marianne…). No gor (a subculture I still don’t understand and probably don’t want to). And this is causing all sorts of problems.
Jacek Lives puts the question into a larger context, one that I urge interested readers to check out. In a nutshell, he offers this observation:
…Linden Lab, it seems, doesn’t want its Residents anymore. It doesn’t want a free, open, creative world. It wants a sanitized, media-friendly world, that universities and big corps won’t think twice about making major investments in. LL’s message for Residents now is:Thanks for making us so popular, but go away now. You’re embarrassing us in front of the cool kids.
I just can’t believe that Linden Lab is doing this to themselves.