Friday, January 14, 2011
Big Visions, Little Visions, Second Life's Failure
Location: Hollering, at the Rebel Yell
I've written, at the VWER site, a long analysis of Second Life's failure to become the sort of disruptive technology that Philip Rosedale envisioned. I'm thinking of Tim Wu's term for technologies that create entire new industries building a system to replace older forms of communication.
Other than a smug image of my avatar and a Philip-Rosedale parody-bot at the Burn 2.0 arts event, I think--think--I kept my snark in check.
I hope my claims about SL are not mere sour grapes over the end of Richmond Island in SL and the departure of so many educators from that technology. It's premature to say we victors write the histories, because educators are still using SL and will, while OpenSim is very much a pioneer's environment. Moreover, Linden Lab might still recapture a niche market they are losing now and make their metaverse the standard-bearer.
That I doubt. Read the article and I'll explain why.