VANITY & SEGREGATION COME TO SECOND LIFE

3. April 2007, 21:37 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

As if there wasn’t enough vanity, prejudice, discrimination and subtle segregation in real society, now those who seek a break from the frustrating and demeaning judgements of day to day existance can reimmerse themselves in all the same superficial mind games when they go on-line.

A company called RatePoint Inc, plans to introduce a service for residents of the Second Life on-line virtual reality game to “rate” one another from one to five stars, and this will be displayed for people who approach each other.

Residents of the game can also install a private-view extension to display the ratings of any resident in the immediate vicinity. As users start to rate each other, the system builds profiles of the likes and dislikes of each so that the system can help “group” residents who are similar.

Purportedly, these “ratings” will permit said participants to make better decisions about who to socialize with, or do business with, in the virtual society. According to Chris Bailey, the co-founder and CEO of RatePoint, "this is something desperately needed in Second Life."

Yes, just what it needs - social prejudice, segregation and a touch of Big Brother thrown in for good measure. And here I was naive enough to think people used games for FUN and RELAXATION. Guess I can add another reason to the list of why I don’t “escape” to Second Life.

- 30 -

Categories: ,
Keywords: Second Life,rate,segregation,on-line,discrimination,profiles

Comments


Morgan Underwood Wed Aug 8, 09:13 PM
Gravatar

As a resident of Second Life, I think this idea os totally ridiculous- you might as well make those stars yellow with six points! I agree that this ‘rating system’ will serve only to make the SL situation a sad mirror of the Real World™ instead of helping to build a better place for some of us, even if only in cyberspace.

 



Textile help
 
* Indicates a required field.

As a SPAM prevention measure, comments are moderated and will be posted once vetted.

 

Article & Comments


Comments are not enabled for all articles or documents.

Article Navigation
|

Categories

Business
Communications
Electronics
Entertainment
Environment
Government
Internet and WWW
Miscellany
Music and Audio
News
Photography
Privacy
Psychology
Security
Society and Culture
Stage and Screen
Technology
Theology
Tips and Tricks
Web Design
Web Site


The Birches - Milner.ca Support Child Safety Online

 

 
 
 Help to FIGHT spam!
 • 
  •
•••