This NWN post, Rosedale leaving, does not surprise me. It seems a major management shift in parallel with a strategy shift was underway. I have been meaning to see more about the content policy, the class-action lawsuit against LL by content creators, and anything about new strategy.
All of these actions seem like mid-level, world-based responses/ How it will play out in terms of field dynamics and communities of users may be a great data slice for our papers.
I like Au’s two theories. I wonder if the physical interaction interface (the rig) is the more likely.
BlogHUD : Get a Second Life Blog – Second Life blogging community network and tools
what is a blogHUD?
The ‘blogHUD’ is a tool to let you blog from Second Life and crosspost your text posts or image postcards to your own blog or photo-sharing account.
This looks like it oculd be a useful tool for undergrads doing on-line ethnography.
Has anyone used it?
I was thoinking about the businesses that people start up in SL or other virtual worlds. That got me thinking about this word again that I invented (as far as I know). Digital + Indigenous= “Digindigenous.” Prounced as “dij-in-dij-en-us.” It is growing on me. For example, a norm that emerges in SL (as opposed to something imported from RW) is said to be digindiegnous.
Here is original post form 2007:
I like to play with words. When obtuse or overly specialized, this can become jargon in the worst sense of the word: words which deliberately obfuscate and insulate insiders. When there is a new experience, a new phenomenon, the desire to name wells up and starts playing with words.
Operationalize is jargon.
Podcast is not.
I have seen people refer to the residents of virtual worlds (aside from editorializing them as geeks or nerds) as residents, digital natives, and so on.
Perhaps there is a whole category of practices and objects that are digitally native.
Hence, I humbly offer digital+indigenous= digindigenous.
Digindienous is not short and sweet, but it has a certain rhythm in saying it.
Maybe there is something better?
Digigenous? Sounds like stuttering
Digenous? Sounds to much like disingenuous.
I wa slooking for a project for my undergraduate research studnet to work on.
The SL researchers listserv had a good suggestion.
He is interested in politics or civic discourse in virtual worlds.
Ideally, it would be a sim, island, community with either robust internal debate, or an explicit goal of being a forum, an agora of civics.
He would be doing some virtual ethnography to explore how expressiveness, community, and technology relate to political discourse.
And the first response form a Law School Professor:
1) If he hasn’t done already, he should read Tom Boellstorff’s book, Coming of Age in Second Life, which is a good example of doing ethnography in SL.
2) He might look into the Coalition of Democratic Sims (or something like that), which is a group of sims that have instituted some form of democratic governance.
I hope he keeps us posted on his work. It should be very interesting.
Terra Nova: Practicing trust
Here it strikes me that MMOs sit in a sweet spot between being different enough as a practice to externalize, among other thing, acts of trust and kindness. Yet familiar enough in terms of the generic nature of what’s going on for those acts to have emotional impact – at least some of the time.
This is a very interesting comment from the author- Ren Reynolds. Don’t knwo much about him, but maybe I should look more. Fits in nicely with the “why VWs matter” paper Ted and I are trying to write. And it captures the in-the-middle, sweet spot I have been imagining between total disarticualtion of real world identity and VW identity on the one hand and tight coupling or specified articulation (buying on ebay, buying on Amazon? LinkedIn?) on the other. In SL, to juice up, or catalyze, the ferment of the world, there has to be enough distancingto activate playfulness, but enough peresistence and accountability to allow community to emerge (at least at player-player level) and norm reinforcement (we used to call it social control) to operate.