I find the Not Possible in Real Life people to be insufferable, starting with darling Bettina, whose shtick I parodied with own seminal art works "My Tiny Life" and "Second Life, Ventilated".
Maybe it's because Hamlet nee Linden Au is always yapping about her and her group like it's the ne plus ultra. Maybe it's because she's such a self-promoter and often the thing she's promoting is curiously flat. I mean, I'm all for not-possible stuff, but I find it really teeth-on-edge tedious when we're *supposed* to go and gaze at big pieces of spinning prim and giant plexiglass boobs and have to admire it as "art" and ooh and awe that it is "not possible" in real life. Er, maybe that's a *good* thing lol.
I take this entire venture of Bettina's, where she cancels her blog and gets enormous speculative mileage in the blogosphere about "the Death of Second Life because No One Would Subsidize Art" and "People are Leaving Second Life" and then whips around and suddenly appears on um...Posterous. Which, as some twitterer pointed out, was Discovered by Prokofy as Possible before Bettina got to it.
What I found really pretentious was a post today that implied that "all the cool kids" now don't spend very much time in Second Life but instead spend it...offline making sculpties (!) or *gasp* in "real life".
Of course, everybody else was already spending lots of time offline in real life, too, but they weren't cool kids. They might have been offline in Photoshop, too, lol.
I'm just not buying that "all the cool kids" are leaving SL, just because Bryn Oh has an exhibit on OpenSim organized by the always-obnoxious-and-impudent Rezzable. So, nu? Maybe I will visit it; it would hardly constitute a paradigm shift to see art in...an SL clone where groups and money don't work. I'm vaguely wondering if Bryn Oh can sell her stuff for...Adamar...Zaiusbux...or whatever the coin of that realm is as she does in her SL exhibit in the store up top.
I'm all for SL art but sometimes a little goes a long way. I like Bryn's stuff a great deal, but even I folded up the too-primmy metal umbrella with the funny writing on it in favour of a box of plants. You know, sometimes, you just want something to be *possible* *just like it is in real life*.
Bettina implies that there are now "activities in other virtual worlds". Oh? And they are...what? Perhaps a concert in Metaplace? Or? What exactly? I think the art capacity of Metaplace might be limited, i.e. with inworld tools but I wish I had been able to catch Raph's recent Halloween concert with all his cool covers.
Well, what is the Next Big Thing then? Dusan is all dyspeptic about the fact that it might not be virtual worlds. When was it ever, even in cube 3's riotous youth, when you could make virtual worlds out of bubblegum wrappers, garbage-bag twist-ties and pennies run over by freight trains on the railroad? They've always been kind of an acquired taste, no?
I remember being on a podium with futurist Jerry Paffendorf about 3 years ago, and Mark Wallace, and speaking very enthusiastically about how "everyone" will have a Second Life. And I still think that, and the essential intuition about it hasn't changed. But it might be that it will be taken apart and put back together differently...
Clearly, mobile phones are where everybody is at, and if you asked them what virtual world they like most, they will answer not World of Warcraft or Second Life or Eve Online but "My apps on my i-phone".