Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tabula non rasa


Yesterday I spent some time at the Tableau sim opening. I ran into Allegory, Apatia, Toast, Dice, and a host of other people, all huddled into the middle of a dream souk. I really loved the old Tableau build, but I am not disappointed by this one -- it's a dream on a high cliff full of nooks and crannies and secret oubliettes, and shops seem secondary to the joy of building something neat.

When I was there, people began to wax nostalgic. Mo Money pondered how long she'd been in SL, and how different it seemed. She said something interesting...I guess it's not a perspective I have, because I only began a year and a half ago. "SL wasn't originally just about the money," Mo said. "I've watched people make a lot of money. It's really changed them, and changed SL."


I tried to imagine a non-commercial SL and...couldn't. I guess this is sad, but (considering that I started a business recently) I can see how money has changed me too. I always figured that I'd "won" Second Life when I reached the point in blogging where people interact with me in-world and in-blog about what I've posted. Lately, I've been thinking of my writing in terms of money, but I've also been struggling to keep it authentic (which means that people probably skim this crap, which I can't blame anyone for). Money is important, though. Without it, how can people afford to spend so much time in SL? The debate continues in my head.


It's interesting to think of life -- Second as well as First -- in terms of money. Why am I engaging in research anyway? Sure it's for the pure joy of knowledge, but it's also to pad my research resume and get me a job. Perhaps there is a common language that crosses worlds. Money feeds us all...


And *cough* talking about fashion for a moment, I'm in new hair from Deviant Kitties, a new soft and warm shrug (named shruggie) from ~silentsparrow~ that I want to download onto my RL body now, the cute lolita Lyll outfit from from Blue Blood, and new flats from roodieNoodie (i.e. Newdoll, the most expensive girl on the auction block).


***Eyes: Den-Dou Glance Eyes /Umber
***Lip rings: Deviant Kitties N+I
***Stockings: Random from my inventory :p
***Skin: Fleur Allure China Mystique 3
***Shrug: ~silentsparrow~ (ash) shruggie
***Dress: Blue Blood Lyll dress
***Hair: Deviant Kitties Discordia - Silver
***Shoes: roodieNoodie Paisley Flats


Mourna Biziou said...

This is a lovely post, and interesting.

I've heard comments to those effect before, and I always come to the same conclusion. Such a commerce-fueled environment may not foster as much community spirit, but undeniably it widens the range of what is available. And much as I enjoy the socialization, I don't know if I'd find it as enthralling without that wide variety of available goods. (That sounds a bit shallow, but SL is where I let my inner materialist run mostly unchecked. :D)

Auntykuro said...

:o thank you for reading through this, hehe. I agree, I like the commercial aspect of SL -- that is the "game" to me.