Individuals which normally find themselves shy and awkward around others, when entering Second Life may find they are more outgoing and active around others. Why is this online persona not an extension of who they are? Is the way they perform in "real life" the standard to judge them by?
It seems that Second Life provides a "no holds barred" approach to desires and will of users. It is a place of freedom where users have the ability to do what they want regardless of boundaries. We brought up the situation in which a user was raped, as mentioned in the Ribbel article. If we attempt to hold everyone accountable in Second Life for their actions then we are truly creating a reality that is reflective of our current "real" one, and what is the point of it in that case?
Well, even if there are rules or laws applied to Second Life, the benefits are still substantial. I find it particularly fascinating to consider the possibilty of visiting places normally you would not have the option of visiting in real life. Examples of these could include museums, colleges, shows, performances, mainly entertainment it seems, taken in the form of auditory and visual stimulus. But to consider the possibility of education being taught is fascinating to consider. We mentioned that disenfranchised and low income individuals may be given the opportunity to attend and receive educations. The results of these actions is monumental to consider. Of course there are pitfalls and implications to consider but you never know until you try.