I remember thinking as the economy cratered last fall that a silver lining may be that the some of the trivia that dominates during good times—gadget talk and other futuristic fiddlesticks—would go away, as we had real problems to worry about.
Like, food and shelter.
Well, has anybody heard much lately about how we're all going to be doing our jobs in Second Life?
Craig Jolley says
Second What….? Oh, now I remember. I think I still have an avitar floating around somewhere. Hope he/it is OK….wonder if it’s like being in “Limbo” (Catholics of a certain age should remember that concept )!
But to be fair, the bloom was off the rose for Second Life long before the economy tanked. And much of the early adoption and interest (even the somewhat pseudo frenzy) surrounding SL was fueled by companies experimenting with the medium.
Although it failed to generate widespread use and adoption, I wouldn’t be so quick to characterize it as “fiddlesticks.” Perhaps it was just too soon; or a real case hasn’t been made for it yet; or it could lead to something eles that will be a real benefit down the road.
I can well remember a time when prevailing wisdom was that email was the bane of business and would never catch on. And of course, 95% of communicators used to sniff haughtily that anything having to do with computers and technology had absolutely nothing to do with communication.
As my mother used to tell me, “never say never…”
I see a lot of wisdom in Craig’s comment, but personally, I’m putting MY focus on the work to convince employers who still don’t allow ANY of the social media sites [Facebook, Twitter, etc.] into their organizations at ALL. I’m constantly amazed at how many organizations this is the case in.
I think we need to work on the baby steps before we all start working on, and as avatars.
David Murray says
@Craig: “Perhaps it was just too soon; or a real case hasn’t been made for it yet; or it could lead to something eles that will be a real benefit down the road.”
If I agree to allow for the above possibilities, will you agree that there’s a CHANCE that Second Life, as the great Onion headline suggested, is “an inelegant solution to a problem that doesn’t exist”?
@Kristen: Yep, that’s a hilarious outrage, and one I feel very deeply when my colleagues can’t read my blog and videos at work!
Craig Jolley says
Of course. Who’s to say that it won’t eventually join this august list: http://tinyurl.com/6ryn8t