TIME Magazine has just announced its “Person of the Year” for 2006. And that person is…you.
And we of the Grid get a good mention…
And we didn’t just watch, we also worked. Like crazy. We made Facebook profiles and Second Life avatars and reviewed books at Amazon and recorded podcasts. We blogged about our candidates losing and wrote songs about getting dumped. We camcordered bombing runs and built open-source software.
I now count under about three of those categories. 🙂
Seriously, there’s a big shift going on out there, and SL is decidedly part of it. Many of us who would have been mere consumers are now participants in the new Information Age. (In fact,sometimes it’s tough to decide where we should throw our efforts into participation. I don’t deal in MySpace, for instance, and have kind of let things like Orkut fall by the wayside.) We’re creating and organizing and linking information at an accelerated rate…and we’re having fun doing it. Whether you’re composing blog entries or writing code for Linux or building and texturing a prefab house in-world, you are creating that which did not exist before…and enriching the world thereby.
Now, there will always be the people that just use what gets created…they read all those blogs, buy or download Linux to run on their systems, and pay good L$ for those prefabs. But the barrier to entry has been lowered…and a lot of people at least try their hands at creating something, even if it’s mediocre. Not everyone can be a Glenn Reynolds or an Alan Cox or an Aimee Weber…but a lot of people try, and keep trying.
Not only that, we’re working together better as well. We’re creating group blogs, with the participants Gmailing each other and Gtalking amongst themselves. We’re collaborating on big software projects, coordinating by mailing list and IRC channel and shared source repositories under CVS or Subversion or Git. We’re getting together in sandboxes to create fancy objects, each supplying prims and textures and scripts as needed. And some of us even create new places for people to gather and have fun…places like Electric Minds, or the Gin Rummy.
What will come of this? I don’t know, and I doubt anybody knows. But it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun finding out. 🙂
In the meantime…give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it!