From a recent opinion piece I have up on Blogcritics:
Second Life has recently been given a bad rep from Director Jason Spingarn-Koff’s. A virtual world that is used for business and social interaction, Mr. Spingam-Koff’s ‘documentary’ on Second Life seems a little one dimensional, and apparently Oprah approves it.
Called Life 2.0, Spingam-Koff follows several lives through their virtual interactions, presenting the virtual world as one of loss and broken marriages. While I agree with the director that these situations are often the case in Second Life, they are just as often not.
Comparing Second Life to a world of emotional misfits is like going into a classroom of kindergarteners at an elementary school and then dubbing the entire building a preschool. Mr. Spingam-Koff has missed a large part of the population, and in doing so presents a rather shallow and biased piece of film work.
Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled to see worlds like Second Life receive a little of the spotlight. Collectively called the metaverse, these virtual environments provide people all over the world a way of working and interacting together. To say that they are all craven and needy individuals, however, is very far from the truth. I am living proof.
Read the rest of the article here…