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"Second Life" Virtual Reality..............
February 18, 2007
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I saw just this morning as part of "CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood" (in the US) a segment which addressed this idea, notion and indeed, very lucrative mainisfistation, thus far as the "virtual realms" are concerned.

It is a whole business dot com known as the "Second Life."

Anyone else familiar with this this?

From what I can gather - it's kind of like where real money is spent for imaginary stuff as people take on a virtual "second life."

It actually JARRED my mind.....to know that there is is whole host of folks out there whom - at least to my mind - are kind of blurring the line between reality and fantasy!!!!

Evidently, there is a person that anyone can create in this cyber-environment - whom is able to attain those things in life....material wealth, popularity, designer clothing etc in this "cyber-world" which might not otherwise be attainable in the "real world" for a price. For example, (from what I understand) one could create a "popular personality" with an apartment on let's say....Madison Avenue and where all of the latest designer clothings...and drink at all of the local, "Coolest" bars....for an ACTUAL PRICE!!!!! A price which has its own commodity exchange. For example - 10 real US dollars converts to like, 30,000 "cyber-dollars" or such. (I'm guessing here) - but what really threw me was the actual conversion of US dollars to "cyber-dollars" in this regard which would - in effect - show your "Second Life" cool and hip person to be "seen" at a local nightclub with virtual dollars were charged for the "entrance fee" and whats more - even more "cyber dollars" were charged to be "seen" in cyber-space with some imaginary "cool" imaginary "cyber-drink?"

It's absolutely mind blowing to me!!!!!!

But, as I understand it - it's a quarter of a trillion dollar industry in its infancy!!!!! (Or quater of a million - I forget....)

Imagine that????? Paying for a "Cyber" form of ourselves with REAL, FRICKING money??????

I dunno if I understand all of this well - I was, well, pretty much just IN SHOCK as to the whole idea - so please - anyone that knows more about this than I have described, please feel free to correct me.

This whole idea has made me WHACKY!!!!!!!!

(Can people really be THIS STUPID....to pay GOOD MONEY for a "Cyber Existance" complete with perks that they would normally not ever realize in the "real world?" Am I THE ONE that's crazy here???????????

What IS THIS WORLD......Cyber or not.....COMING TO???????

Really fricking creepy!!!!!!!!!

February 18, 2007
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A couple of months ago there was a person on this board whose partner was deeply involved in "Second Life". The person who came here felt that it was a cyber-addiction that was sucking the life out of their flesh-and-blood relationship.

I think the world is coming to places, spurred by technology, that we are ill-equipped to deal with at our current level of social evolution.

February 18, 2007
10:31 pm
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Second life, oh ok so its like that game, Final Fantasy. In terms of addiction i.e.

February 18, 2007
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"(Can people really be THIS STUPID....to pay GOOD MONEY for a "Cyber Existance" complete with perks that they would normally not ever realize in the "real world?" Am I THE ONE that's crazy here??????????? "

Well you know, people pay money to buy computer games. To them its just another computer game

February 18, 2007
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I think it is supposed to be a game--although some pepole do take the online RPG stuff too seriously.

At atomfilms there is a short satirical film about a guy who meets and falls in love with and has a vacation with the girl of his dreams--its called "Second Life, S&M Holiday" or some darn thing.

The protagonist is telling his buddy about his great vacation with this hot girl, and the buddy is like...dude, it's a video game.

February 21, 2007
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I dunno - the whole damn thing is just a little scary to me.

What do you suppose - as, lets say you are a teenager and you come across this stuff nowadays - is it really going to confuse your mind and blur the line between reality or fantasy? Or am I just being too "old-fashioned?"

Afterall, I am sure that there were some grave apprehensions as Television started to dominate against radio. Could those folks in the early 50's wondered the same thing?

Hmmmmmmm.

And don't forget - as we finally figured out......that Rock and Roll wasn't really "Devil Music!!!!!"

(Kinda makes ya think - doesn't it?)

February 22, 2007
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truth.....actually, I think that the internet IN GENERAL allows people to blur the line between fantasy and reality....even before that game came along...I just think that game takes it all to a new level.

Look at myspace.

I know many many many many many people who use myspace (and other online boards like it) to be someone they are not in real life.

They feel comfortable with acting differently online.

For me...what you see is what you get...I am as honest and upfront as I am in person.

But for many, they can be bold and assertive, when in real life, they are passive and shy.

Or they can be sexy and alluring when in real life they are conservative and wallflowers.

I have done online dating for years...and find that many people are NOT who they represent themselves to be.

I believe that these types of people feel some sort of safety and/or anonymity online...and don't have to deal with face to face rejection if someone doesn't like them.

As I said, many people use the internet as a "second life" already....the game just takes it a step further...someone was genius enough to see it and make money off of it.

I mentioned this type of situation in my post on the other side about the dateline show "to catch a predator"...where many of the men said that their online conversations were purely fantasy, role playing and that even tho they showed up to the kid's house, they felt they wouldn't have followed thru because that's not how they are in real life and they probably would have chickened out or gotten embarrased.

I wonder if some of them were actually telling the truth?

Also know that....in real life....those role playing things seem to be a small segment of the population and it was hard to find people with the same "interest"...I'm thinking about the game dungeons and dragons back in the 80's....now, you can go online and you have millions of people worldwide that have similar interests...making the possibilities overwhelming.

I have a book about infidelity...and it is totally dedicated to infidelity in the technology era where many people have online "relationships" with members of the opposite sex, that they claim are "just friends", but actually hinder their ability to have a healthy relationship with their real life partner.

rambling....sorry.

February 22, 2007
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as with anything, moderation is the key...and yes, there will be a large population of people who will have an unhealthy addiction to these types of things.

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