Re: [-empyre-] Lambda Moo - 'early adopters' and technological elites
you talk about the "dumbing down" of the interface in SL comparing it
unfavourably with LambdaMOO which required its users to be familiar with
an object oriented programming language
what exactly is wrong with making virtual spaces easier to navigate and
use!? doesn't this just make them more accessible and democratic? and
isn't that a good thing rather than a bad thing? what's wrong with
providing a user-friendly environment for non-technically adept newbies?
And, from what i see of SL there is still a lot of scope for scripting
and programming for the more technically adept providing different
levels of engagement. These multiple entry points and levels of
engagement are a positive feature of SL and make it a more 'open'
space not limited to technological elites.
i sometimes get the feeling that early adopters and technological elites
resent the intrusion of the great unwashed into their previously
exclusive domains and the threat this represents to their authority and
status in the socio-technical hierarchy ;-) i remember hearing similar
arguments from early html web coders when the first webpage design
software applications came out.
back in the early nineties I spent a year in Lambda Moo, that was
before chat rooms, before browsers, when participants had to use unix,
and everything was command lines and text.
There was a lot of discussion about lambda's future and the inevitable
addition of images. It has come to pass and with it has come a
dumbing down of the participants as the interface becomes easier to use.
In Lamda, to build, you had to use an object orientated programming
What I'm seeing now is a new generation of theorists trying to
re-invent the wheel. In forming a theory of second life, surely one
has to at least acknowledge Lambda's role and the considerable amount
of papers it inspired?
I havent done much in SL, its too much like "been there, done that"
for me, but I have complied a collection of posts on SL in connection
with my own research.
and there are videos here
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