Thursday, April 3, 2014

My Blog has Been Hijacked

Oh my god, can you believe the pompous pontification that's been published here over the past couple of weeks? Future of virtual words, blah, blah, blah. Analytical history of Second Life, yada, yada, yada. Give me a break. If you haven't noticed, someone's been putting his lame-ass words into my pretty mouth instead of clearly channeling my full frontal Muse-ity. So let me set the record straight.

Only fools, blowhards and analysts claim they can accurately predict the future. And the only thing more pretentious than playing backseat CEO is doing it in retrospect. Botgirl Questi (yeah, I'm driving into the third person with an expired poetic license) is about paying deep attention to the experience of the present, not pretending to see the future. Before we get all hot and bothered with the anticipation of cramming our heads into VR helmets and walking through the 3D Internet of our dreams, maybe we should attend to what our current virtual experience is doing to our lives and minds.

The only value in imagining the future is when it motivates us to act in the present to help create it. Instead of hypothesizing about how Facebook is going to ruin or save Oculus, why not consider how we can better use our virtual lives to positively impact our relationships, jobs and creativity. Instead of agonizing over what the new Linden Lab CEO is going to mean to Second Life, why not scrutinize how we're using it now. Since no one can accurately foresee how the confluence of physical, augmented and virtual reality is going to play out ten years from now, why not make the most of today, chill out, and enjoy the fucking ride.

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