I’m taking a breather from campaign-related posts for a minute to just talk about a couple of things on my mind.
First of all, congratulations to Chelle and Danielle for scoring a couple of the DJ slots at the Second Life Community Convention. I don’t know whether these will be RL performances, SL performances, or both, but they should both be well-suited to the task. Of course, my name’s not on the list…but that’s because I didn’t ask. Due to one thing and another, my real life is going to be absolutely insane until at least mid-August, so I haven’t been particularly looking for DJ work anywhere, as I’ll be spread thin enough as it is. (The campaign isn’t helping…but it doesn’t take up that much of my attention, and it should be over soon enough anyhow.)
Second, I was over at Mars Japanese Gardens with Tateru and others on Saturday night, and the talk had turned to whether SL culture was fragmenting. She said, “How many newbies know who Anshe is? Or Prok? Or me? Or Erbo?” Well, let me tell you, that was a bit surprising! I hardly expected to find myself in the same chat line with Anshe Chung, Prokofy Neva, and Tateru Nino…unless it was a sentence beginning something like “Erbo Evans, unlike major SL personalities such as Anshe Chung, Prokofy Neva, or Tateru Nino…” 🙂 I know who the little fish in that pond is, that’s for sure. I mean, look:
- Anshe got to be where she is by getting in early, realizing the commercial potential of SL, and moving to exploit it, building up an empire over time in “Ben & Jerry’s” fashion. It’s a feat that’s unlikely to be repeated.
- Prokofy’s “fame,” such as it is, is more like “notoriety,” whether that label is rightly or wrongly applied. Yet, in a very real sense, “it doesn’t matter what [the press] say[s] about you, as long as they spell your name right,” and I am also reminded of the statement about Howard Stern, that his detractors actually spent more time listening to him on a daily basis than his fans did…and both groups cited the same reason most often: “to hear what he’ll say next.”
- You can ask Tateru why she’s so famous, and she’ll tell you that she doesn’t know. However, one can’t argue with the evidence. I’m forced to conclude that she must be doing something right, something that people like, regardless of what it actually is or whether she knows it.
- And me? Whatever fame or notoriety I’ve garnered, I’ve had to work for. No one promised me a bed of roses, and I never came in expecting one. My previous community experience definitely comes in handy when attempting to grasp SL, but there’s really been no substitute for planting my virtual feet on the Grid and getting my avatar’s hands dirty actually doing things, seeing things, and living the Second Life lifestyle. Again, I’m left to wonder how things would have turned out if I had been able to upgrade my computer system to be capable of running SL, say, a year earlier…
Perhaps, one day, I will deserve that pride of place…and people will be reading about me in the next edition of the Official SL Guide. But I’m not concerned about that now. Hell, just surviving the next couple of months will be daunting enough.