In my job as a hostess I deal with a lot of quirky situations, but every once in awhile there is something worth remembering. On Saturday night I got an IM by one of the guests.
[ 18:08] Guest: lol you and the disclaimers about RL and SL you are SO wrong–well wait, in terms of most men on here you are RIGHT
[ 18:08] Guest: still, yuou are so wrong
[ 18:08] Yordie Sands: kk
[ 18:08] Guest: it’s all reality, psychic reality, on Sl, in email, letters, a glance on a subway….
[ 18:08] Guest: smiles
[ 18:09] Guest: nm luv
[ 18:10] Yordie Sands: kk
I mean, whatelse was I gonna say?
Here’s what it says in my profile:
“Each person seems to have a different idea about what Second Life is. My idea is, first and foremost SL is an entertainment and should be fun. I want my second life to be about adventure and fantasy, and not part of my real life.”
Here’s what it says in my “1st Life” tab:
“Please respect that I’d like to keep my second life separate from my fist life.”
I believe my profile comments express my personal opinions and wants or goals. How can anyone’s goals by “wrong”? My goals are what they are, “my” goals. It’s like arguing that blue is right and red is wrong. I recognize that this RL vs SL issue is a real hot button with some people, but what kind of person believes it’s their job to tell someone else how to think and feel?
Aside from the fact that I was hosting, which by the way is a lot more than just dancing around greeting people, I didn’t have time to get into an existential conversation with anyone, especially one who begins with a condescending remark. What kind of person starts a conversation by asserting that you are wrong? SL’s anonymnity emboldens people who lack courtesy and all other social skills to demonstrate their disrespect for others. And btw, what part of “respect” did he not get?
The Lindens got one thing very right, the Mute button.