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Nothing more, nothing less

November 30, 2010

I completely agree with Derek:

“SL is a way to extend social interaction where none was possible, nothing more and certainly nothing less.”

Second Life is a very cool virtual world where we are freed from our mortal bodies and get to create new ones while also regressing back to a time when we had to learn how to move around in this body in the first place.  One could go so far as to say, “Second LIfe is not a game. It is a multi-user virtual environment. It doesn’t have points or scores; it doesn’t have winners or losers” (Dwight, episode 5 of season 4 of The Office).

However, I don’t think SL has any place in the LIS world.  While it certainly expands social environments, it is not an efficient or useful way to create a space on the Internet for information services.  The use of avatars and the need to navigate a virtual world within a virtual world adds an unnecessary barrier between users and information.  Libraries should focus their virtual resources on enhancing access and search capabilities rather than on creating a virtual building and librarian avatars.  Indeed, Second Life is a novel extension of social interaction, nothing more, nothing less.

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  1. clementmunns permalink
    December 6, 2010 1:37 pm

    Many share your view on the added layer of complexity and wonder if the added access is worth it; my take is yes and no, yes for the disabled, no for the majority of info-seekers.

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