The image above is a snippet from sketchnotes I took at the "You Can't Get There From Here" panel at the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds Conference. This comic-strip section of the larger image is my somewhat frustrated depiction of audience questions and comments from people who "just didn't get" why we'd want to support anonymous/pseudonymous access to the virtual world. The nerve!
I even added this judgmental tweet to a recent Twitter micro-rant:
The correct emotional response to "I just don't get it" is curiosity, not contempt.As usual, I eventually ended up pointing my pointing finger back at myself. Instead of trying to think about the issue from the perspective of the questioners, I reflexive responded with a visual sneer. Oh well.
In keeping with the theme of this week's posts, an important part of the the way forward in virtual worlds is working to understand the perspectives of others. Especially when there's a strong negative emotional charge attached to an issue. Stories can look very different, depending upon who you choose as the protagonist.