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SL and virtual memorials…. anyone else outside US????

I truly believe that any kind of prevarication upon any Man on Earth is disgusting per se and stupid in essence (we need everyone, and as evolutionary theory proves we need differences to go further…), as I believe that keeping alive the memory of our beloved is fundamental not to linger in the past but to keep the best of what it was in our trip ahead..

So, SecondLife, being today a subsection of our lives nonetheless, is hosting memorials dedicated to those who lost their lives in some of the most tragic and unbelievably atrocious events in modern history, such as the World Trade Center attack and the Vietnam war. Fine.

But, since SL and all the other virtual worlds are, by definition, worlds and not a replica of USA, wouldn’t be fair and, for once, a demonstration of superior intelligence of normal human beings compared to that of politicians, to consider also the immense death toll suffered by populations in Iraq and in Vietnam?? The world is larger than we think, and unfortunately suffering is quite a commodity nowadays, if we really are building up places that should be fairer than real life, have a thought. It is necessary to give out an example, use the possibility offered by tech to say something meaningful..which is something I may do not, but hey, it’s just me, an aristocratic buffoon…

Categories: For thoughts.., mankind
  1. September 18, 2007 at 12:15 38

    Second Life is a platform, a stage, on which residents are (largely) free to build what they want. Indeed, it is not uniquely “American” in its viewpoint – and neither am I in reporting it (if you read my personal blog).

    There are sites built by all manner of people and organisations. There is nothing to prevent someone building a memorial to the genocide in central Africa, or Cambodia, or indeed the Holocaust or Stalin’s Purges. There is, for example, a site that provides information on the atrocities in Darfur. The (US!) Holocaust Museum has a site in Second Life, but it is not open yet.

    I, for one, would welcome such internationalisation. But you are mistaken if you see Second Life as American-biased. The majority of residents are from Europe now, with USA representing around 35%. The fact that they have not built memorials may be simply due to the absence of appropriate anniversaries (though I agree this is a weak argument). Perhaps November 2008 (90 years after the end of World War 1) might produce some examples.

  2. September 18, 2007 at 13:46 53

    Thanks Aleister,
    I totally agree with your point, in fact my purpose was to stir this kind of remark, since most people (the non “initiated”!!) may actually believe that everything related to new tech, virtual worlds and such is either an American feud or something like a silly game for some bunch of freak… as per the former one, you helped out to clarify.
    I know that since a few months, Europe is playing a huge role in SL, but I also believe we still need to overcome some cultural bias towards anything sprouting on “the other side of the Atlantic…” … actually, that could possibly apply to both viewpoints, sometimes!
    Your argument about anniversaries is not all that weak, we do need prompts, and the fresher the better… it would be nice (perhaps utopistic..) to have anniversary as humanity, as a whole, inhabitants of planet Earth… however, it is fundamental to let people know that there is a place where you can collate and share, in a new way, some knowledge, ideas, feelings, emotions about being part of Mankind…
    Sometimes I try and provoke, bear with me!!!
    Again, thks a lot for your comment, most welcome!

  3. September 18, 2007 at 14:14 23

    And thank you for the blogroll. 🙂

    I will naturally reciprocate!

  4. September 18, 2007 at 14:18 07


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