I engaged in the latest outcry focused on Linden Lab’s latest act of indifference toward residents of the community it owns.
Being engaged can be sickening and a waste of time. It’s like with every four-year election cycle. I’ve come to believe that divisiveness and rabble-rousing are the stock-in-trade of political parties. And I don’t want any part of it. So, during the last cycle I decided to ignore all the rantings and ravings until politicians behave like statesmen. I still have to engage on issues that really matter, like intolerance, but I actively ignore the daily distortions and misinformation.
I believe Linden Lab has demonstrated they wish to be the owners of the software and server platform that supports a virtual community. They’ve demonstrated that they do not have an interest in governing that community. Nor have they demonstrated any inclanation to empower any form of community governance.
There’s three obvious paths any of us can choose when dealing with conflicts: you can accept things as they are, or actively protest the policies, or you can can walk away. I’ve had my say about Lab policies and, well, enough is enough. For me, it’s a question of staying or leaving. Leaving while SL is still a functional entertainment would be a costly protest. So by elimination, I choose to stay and accept the things I cannot change.
I enjoyed being the “Cheerleader” but all I ever wanted was a place for my imagination to roam free. I think that will be fine for now.