Comments: The Second Trap


I'm always struck by how much SL *doesn't* resemble Gibson's cyberspace. Cyberspace is completly relational and abstract - crucially: it doesn't have a ground, it's a spatial grid with geometric forms hung along the nodes. SL (in which I've probably spent about a half hour total) is all metaphor: body, clothes, buildings, rooms, land, sky ... we've yet to occupy a 3D datascape that's as metaphor-free and abstract as Gibson's.

Yeah you probably are right, Gibson's writing in that early period was certainly abstract and relational, but for whatever reason I certainly filled it in my head with imagery of virtual streets, and humanish avatars ala second life. I did always picture the streets on a 3D not 2D plane though...

oi, interestingly enough Upgrade International is considering using SL as a meeting venue. Given that having 20+ person Skype calls is hell, we thought an avatar meeting might work. The idea was met with some scepticism and it hasn't happened yet (shrugging of shoulders prevalent), but it seems intriguing & a work-around solution for larger meetings of internationally displaced fleshmatter. Thoughts? Isn't this a real future, right now? _t

well I'd be interested to see how it goes tobias. I certainly won't argue that there is no place for environments like Second Life, and a global virtual conference sounds like as good a scenario as any (do they have 3D sound environment running there, be awesome to have a conference call where you could spatially locate the participants). But there is a huge difference between a fringe use and one the future of internet. Course there may well be both interesting tactics and subcultures born in Second Life, but unless it really develops new ways to deal with the complex database relationships that undergird the internet, it will remain a fringe space, perhaps for the better...

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