"The problem with SL, is that, it is fundamentally broken." ColeMarie

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I happened to see a flickr photo with a comment from ColeMarie yesterday and it has been bugging me ever since. Please go here and have a look.

She says "I am not saying SL is entirely useless. I am just saying that SL has made you all sick. Whether you realize it yet or not. This is true."

Well. Umm.

Here is what I have to say:

Linden Lab offers us a tool called Second Life. This tool allows people to do many different things. Some of us use the tool for social reasons while others use the tool for artistic, business or educational purposes. There are as many ways to use the tool we call SL as there are "side effects" of doing so. For some of us that means we have developed skills for others it means we have developed illnesses.

We should no more give a hammer credit for creating a fine piece of furniture than we should blame SL for damaging our mental or physical health. It is silly to blame a tool for our own behavior. In the end, a tool is just a tool.

As my friends Grace McDunnough and Salome Strangelove say in their song Fairy Tale, "This world is what you make of it."


Lizzie Lexington said...

I am so glad the Dr. ColeMarie Sxxx has diagnosed my mental illnesses to one sole cause - second life. Wow I can go on now, I am complete.

Sorry for the snarkiness but I am a bit offended that she thinks she is so much more all knowing than all of us now. And I am also a bit concerned about her all knowing attitude as well - it really reveals someone with a lot of work to do. Okay, I shut up now.

Katydid Something said...

I posted this on the flickr page: Well, here I am on vacation with great friends who I met through Second Life. We are all musicians and are here making music, hiking, riding trail bikes, cooking, eating, laughing and enjoying each other's company. And that is what Second Life has brought me...an enriched Real Life. And the only reason I am here on this blog now is a link here wound up in my email. Now I'm going back to enjoying my RL vacation with my SL friends!
;) Katydid

Mister Crap said...

The tool is only good for what it is used, but consider how things have changed in our lifetimes with Tylenol capsules, crystal meth ingredient drugs, etc.

(I still don't understand putting gambling hotline numbers on lottery cards)

When LL does scans for 24/7 bots, perhaps they also need to scan for 24/7 addicts as well.

I have some additional thoughts on this one, but I think I'll send them privately.


chestnut rau said...

I just don't think Linden is responsible for people's addictive behavior. People need to be responsible for their own actions.

Adric Antfarm said...

Seems likely there was a trigger to this we just don't about. Or we are all maybe just one person's opinion away from shedding our forms as well.

Maye she needs someone to talk to. Or at least someone could point out the light ball isn't a ton more real than being an avatar.

chestnut rau said...

Adric your comment made me laugh. Thank you.

♪ Guenevere ♪ said...

Wow just... wow. That sounds like the people who sue game companies because a game "made" their kid go out and shoot someone.

While there may be underlying reasons ColeMarie made the comment she did, she could have perhaps used a better medium to express such a comment.

Hey, isn't that what blogs are for? ;-)

Dale Innis said...

Yeah, I read that flickr post as more of a scream of pain than a piece of critical social commentary. We tend to allow our artists this kind of thing :) at least now and then. Personally I don't think anyone should take it personally: if it resonates with you, and makes you take a second thought about some part of your life (first or second), that's good. If it does nothing but make you shake your head at how weird some people are, well... yeah. ;)

chestnut rau said...

I think all of us are responsible for our words, even artists. I did not take ColeMarie's words personally. I did however disagree strongly with her assertions which got me to thinking and resulted in this post.

There have been a lot of "our artists" flouncing lately and blaming their own personal issues on SL, which contributed to my thinking on this subject as well.

I contend SL is a tool which may highlight people's own instability or "artist personality" but I think blaming your personal issues on a bunch of computer code is sort of pathetic.

Dale Innis said...


But then we're all sort of pathetic now and then. :)

Not disagreeing with you at all, just wrapping it in a slightly different set of words.

chestnut rau said...

Looking inward and making a choice for yourself is something to be commended. Looking inward and telling everyone else they should live according to the rules you set for yourself is just not something I understand.

Live however you want to live but please don't tell me I am sick if I make choices that are different than your own.

Also, SL is still just a tool.

bonibaru said...

*shrugs* Avatars are just another form of art. There's as much room for ordinary sidewalk painters in SL as there is for Picasso and Dali. If Colie thought SL was truly a sick broken place, she wouldn't even be a ball of light, she'd be gone, wouldn't she? I appreciate her passion in the statement, I just disagree.

Lionesse Vandyke said...

Hi all, I could not get on the flickr thingy cause it was private but this is not the first time I read all that negative stuff about SL, pff...I just say one thing, if you don't like it, leave it, if you like it stay, just stop spreading negative feelings. It only takes your own energy and mine now cause I needed to comment;-)