I never ever thought that second life would hold any purpose in my life. I will be honest. I never really understood its function and to this day, although I am clearer about the potential gathering and sharing information power, am reluctant to say that I wholeheartedly am behind the idea of an online community in this capacity.
Creating my avatar on
My friend Debbie and I went through
I must confess, during the time spent dancing and walking around this island, Debbie and I were approached and “hit on” by a number of avatars. This opened our debate about whether or not virtual sex or flirtation is cheating. I mean technically if I were to become involved with someone in second life, it would not be my real life, so would I be cheating on my real life boyfriend? The ultimate conclusion for me is that I wouldn’t want to do it any way in real or second life, so there is no problem. The lines however are very grey. Does what happens in second life stay in second life like what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? This question gets to the heart of the matter of the article A Rape in Cyberspace. Is what happened in that MUD something real? Were the feelings real? I don’t know the answer to the question. But I do know that people who are creepers on the internet, get arrested for stalking, etc. There are lines of reality that exist in this online world.
After Sexy, Debbie and I transported to
After this island, I must admit my feelings about second life grew from skeptical to somewhat of a fan. I found my way into a conversation that was completely in Spanish. Although I have taken Spanish before, I do not usually get the opportunity or feel comfortable enough in real life to speak it. In second life however, I felt completely comfortable in reading the conversations and even participated in the conversations in another language. In this interaction, I experienced the power of second life. that it can connect people across the globe and in different languages. Although I found the positive, I am still unsure about some of the negatives of second life. that it can separate people from their real lives. The jury is still out on this matter, but I did enjoy overall my first go at second life.