Thursday, November 30, 2006

Shrine for CopyBot

In the Guardian article "Real Life Crashes into Second Life," Alex Krotoski is worshipping the virus/chaos-maker CopyBot:
Second Life has reached a philosophical crisis and the result is potential civil war.

The formerly libertarian landscape has been overrun by rampaging nouveau-capitalists. They want centralised governance and stern economic ruling. Everyone is a potential thief. Fingers are being pointed and, in some extreme cases, avatars are being attacked. The digital idyll has become a world of accusations, violence and bitter political dispute.

And so, once again, the real world comes crashing in. Sooner or later, most online communities reach this crisis point because the ideals of the founders are replaced by regulations demanded by the different types of people who interact in them. We shouldn't be surprised; what we do when we interact online is replicate the social practices we are familiar with offline. Inspired by this milestone, I'm going to add a wing to my new lab. And inside will be a shrine to CopyBot, the little hack that transformed Second Life into a real world.

("Real Life" is not just an ignorant article writer's comment on the relative importance of Second Life, but actually a technical term to Second Life users. RL, for short, as opposed to SL. )

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