As the Second Life Fifth Birthday commemorations approach — with a new round of drama that deserves its own blog post — the insanely clever Jacek Antonelli came out with an impressive post on our relationship with the Second Life® world. Picking on Louis Gray’s The Five Stages Of Early Adopter Behavior, Jacek describes a slightly different take on her relationship with Second Life. She’s not “loyal to Linden Lab®” (something which is getting harder and harder to do as time goes by), but she’s quite loyal to the platform, the environment, thecommunity, and the possibilities that are only possible in Second Life, and, honestly, we aren’t going to see any changes in the future — except on Linden Lab’s increased puritanism, legal paranoia, and bending their collective knees towards the very same puritan and paranoid corporate market, which they desperately wish to attract.
Like Jacek, the issue is not “Second Life”. It’s “Linden Lab”. And this is something which won’t change.
After all, it’s still our world and our imagination — even if at some point we’ll need to cut our ties with Linden Lab to get rid of their quirks, and stick to use Second Life® as we were meant to.