The Other Side of Second Life

From a recent opinion piece I have up on Blogcritics:

Innsmouth in Second Life

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…

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at
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2 Responses to The Other Side of Second Life

  1. Amy Eye says:

    They’re just jealous they didn’t think of it first. POO on them…and I never liked Oprah anyway….

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