Re: [-empyre-] Lambda Moo - 'early adopters' and technological elites

dear blakkbyrd

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.

Kathy Cleland

dear list

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 language.

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.


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