Another Monday has come and gone… It’s Thursday evening, and I’m just now feeling perky enough to take this on. It’s a fascinating one – and one that will allow me to share my true perspective on SL. I will share some photos here of my favourite place – and promise a video soon. Of course, Ce Soir is my favourite place, but I do have a few others that I cherish as well… Here are the instructions and my responses…
Meme instructions: Make a one minute video at your favorite Second Life location and/or answer the following questions and share what your perception is of Second Life. If you do a video, upload it to youtube or flickr. If you upload it to flickr, please add it to the Blog Memes Flickr Group and don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments.
OK, friends, here we go! Mireille’s thoughts:
- What is your perception of Second Life? – Second Life is a wonderful place – a virtual world that I can explore. I can have fun, learn, grow, and even create here. I can DREAM and DO. I can fly and make this world what I want it to be fore me – and I can share my world and crawl inside the dreams of others to be enraptured or inspired (or both!). I can learn new skills and advance others that I did not really know I had. I CAN BE ME – or I can try on various facets of my personality – or even be someone new. The bottom line is, of course, it’s MY WORLD. And yours…
- Do you feel the portrayal or reputation Second Life seems to have in the mainstream media is justified? – In the past, Second Life was viewed negatively by various high-end businesses who came here with some sort of approach that was not fine-tuned to the virtual environment. I think they expected it to be the kind of place where the usual RL ads and commercial manipulations would work. They were wrong. This hurt the public view of SL – and the adult entertainment aspect of the world did not necessarily help,. as it seemed that many got the idea that SL was a haven for porn, prostitution, and exploitation. While these kinds of activities can be found in-world, it’s really NOT the majority of residents who are involved; even those who do come to SL primarily for sexual activity are not into hurtful or abusive activity. With adult entertainment (both moderate and extreme) highly visible, there is yet SO MUCH MORE! SL is all about MORE, and it is truly exciting to build your own world – for the sky is the limit. There is so much to do (such as shopping and dressing up as virtually any type of person or entity; creating little things or BIG PLACES; enjoying some of the world’s best art, music, poetry, and theatre; dancing; decorating homes and landscapes of all kinds; attending classes on various topics; discussing important matters such as politics, health, and well-being; traveling to far-off lands with the click of the TELEPORTER; meeting new people from all over the world; and much, much more) that I am never bored in-world, and can always find something worthwhile to do. The former perception is changing because Linden Lab has moved from a “benign neglect” management style to one that is inclusive, relaxed, and dynamic at the same time. Forward-looking and energetic, CEO Ebbe Linden (Altberg) is an engaging, interested, focused, warm, and open man whose history is rich with everything he needs to make a go of both Second Life and what is coming along in the future. Dedicated to education, non-profit services, creativity, and commerce, our leader will be honest, forthright, and forthcoming; this he has been in the last 18 months or so since he stepped into that position. He is so refreshing and wonderful! While we will always owe Philip Linden (Rosedale) for his own daring and innovation, with Ebbe at the helm, the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!
- Do you talk about your Second Life with your real life friends and family? – Some know – and some are even in SL as well. We love sharing our SL with those who are dear, but there are relatively few who know more than the basics of our existence here. We like it that way, but also enjoy helping others come in-world to see what it’s all about! We are personally responsible for introducing quite a few people to SL; some came and stayed for awhile, and others are still here, enjoying their own adventures in virtual reality.
- What is your most favorite thing to do in Second Life? – I love making PLACES in SL. Different areas of Ce Soir are an example – our home, which is at the base sim (not always open to the public); the Ce Soir Arts venue area above; The Conservatory and The Oracle Parlour up higher yet; and other areas that we bring out from time-to-time for different events, have been fun to create and maintain – and fine tune! We primarily use the wonderful creations of others that we’ve bought (from Alia Baroque, Garvie Garzo, and various others) to form the base and beauty of each location. Sometimes, we modify an item (when allowed) or create something new when needed. I love it! If I could, I would have 1,000 sims and a million prims (or LI or whatever that limit is to be called in the future) to play with and enjoy! Aeon loves it too, and often comes up with an idea that blows my mind…
Ce Soir – Home
This was fun! Thank you, Berry! She asks us to please remember that we can participate in any of the memes/challenges at any time. All are under my Blog Challenges category along with other memes and challenges she has done over the years. You don’t have to have a blog to do this challenge, you can share your images/words/videos on any social platform.