Criticism of Second Life – same old, same old

Jokay Wollongong provides an interesting story on an education symposium she attended and she made one point around how online learning guru Stephen Downes reeled off the usual litany of criticisms of SL, ones we all experience: lag, lack of interoperability with other virtual worlds and the issue of boundaries/rules in a metaverse context. All totally legitimate criticisms and ones that need to keep being made by the broader community.

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However, the story does illustrate the huge growth in ‘experts’ proliferating in regards to virtual worlds. It’s not an unusual phenomenon, but a reasonable expectation of anyone claiming expertise is that they will provide constructive, considered thoughts on alternative approaches. Stephen Downes may certainly have done that but as SL grows, the number of people attempting to make a living off commentating on SL will also expand. Here’s hoping the chorus of commentary doesn’t turn into an ill-informed lynch mob – as always it’s about balance.

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  1. Marsoups says:

    I don’t know how folks could complain about SL being interoperable with other virtual worlds at this stage..

    It’s still early days for SL! Got lots to do yet..

    Those other virtual worlds will have to wait until SL reaches a stage where they can start to think about that…

  2. Marsoups says:

    I don’t know how folks could complain about SL being interoperable with other virtual worlds at this stage..

    It’s still early days for SL! Got lots to do yet..

    Those other virtual worlds will have to wait until SL reaches a stage where they can start to think about that…

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