26 March 2008

Teen Second Life

The highlight of New York (besides hanging out with Kumar) had to be the Teen Second Life Virtual meet-up we did. Now, some of you, like me, may not have heard of Teen Second Life (or the adult version, aptly named “Second Life”). Even at 23 I feel way to old to really “get” this whole thing and found myself for months saying things I never thought I would ever say. “Why are kids spending so much time cooped up on a computer? They should be outside playing in the sun.” 60 minutes in this near perfect world and while I’m not in love, I do have a newfound appreciation for the concept.

Well then, what’s it all about? Basically, it’s your own “second life.” You create an avatar (that’s TSL lingo for a virtual version of you), eat food, build a house, go shopping, make friends, make enemies, work and yes, even buy stock (the market is doing a lot better than the “real” market, though I’m not sure if that’s saying a whole lot…).

Yes, it’s just as bizarre as you’re thinking it is. Honestly and truly, it’s like living life, only nothing bad happens (it’s impossible to die), you can look like whatever you want to look like and you can even fly, which is – no doubt – something we all want to do! With this freedom to be whoever you want comes a certain universal equality and equity. Yes, things cost money (and it’s real money – you ACTUALLY buy things in this artificial world) but at some level, if you can program and compute, you can play big-time. In fact, one can even make money! You can sell a trade, a good, or a service that is within Teen Second Life.

On that same note, you can help “change” Teen Second Life by launching NGOs, starting advocacy projects, hosting virtual rallies and protests and even launching a virtual venture. Ashoka’s Youth Venture just entered this arena and wow, is it taking off.

I did my same song and dance only it wasn’t me, it was a little virtual version of me sitting in our perfect DIDI Café (Dream It Do It Café) on our ideal Youth Venture Island, which is also home to The DIDI Institute, the DIDI Resource Center and the DIDI Amphitheater. Ten “people” showed up to listen and following the presentation, entered a workshop room to do a virtual simulation (if you’re virtually simulating, is that like, an entirely different dimension altogether). They sat on cushions, raised their hands, brainstormed; all online in this land. If you can’t tell already, I was thoroughly overwhelmed.

I think it’s wonderful what we’re doing – reaching young people where they are, helping them use their unique passion (in this case, computer programming) to solve problems they see in whatever dimension they love. Still, on a broader societal level it leaves me wondering a few things – has this world gotten so bad that we need to completely escape it by going to a virtual one? If that’s the case then should we be attempting to recreate the ideals within that virtual world right here in reality? To me it all stems from consumption of things. We can’t have them in the real world so we go to a virtual one where we can create any reality we want – great clothes, great friends, great places (our amphitheater is SO COOL).

The strange thing is, when I was 13, I don’t remember craving so much that I wanted to escape entirely and recreate myself somewhere that I could have everything. So maybe, rather than up the ante so much that kids are reinventing themselves in another realm, we increases resources and lower the “celebrity standard” in this one. I don’t know, just an idea…


adam brown said...

Hello I just entered before I have to leave to the airport, it's been very nice to meet you, if you want here is the site I told you about where I type some stuff and make good money (I work from home): here it is

adam brown said...

Hello I just entered before I have to leave to the airport, it's been very nice to meet you, if you want here is the site I told you about where I type some stuff and make good money (I work from home): here it is

Kijar said...


Anonymous said...

[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/fineprint+tr.html]fineprint tr[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/git+yr+fuk+on.html]git yr fuk on[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/reno+911a+xxx+parody.html]reno 911a xxx parody[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/photoshop+retuch+plugin.html]photoshop retuch plugin[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/blues+a.html]blues a[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/engineering+audio.html]engineering audio[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/barbie+diamond.html]barbie diamond[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/hand+book+of+gears.html]hand book of gears[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/hiyo+nishizuku.html]hiyo nishizuku[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/guardian+angel+1994.html]guardian angel 1994[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/kan+tun.html]kan tun[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/kamsutra+with+coloured+pictures+view.html]kamsutra with coloured pictures view[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/psp+alien+vs+predator.html]psp alien vs predator[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/new+bike.html]new bike[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/psnfuck+prx.html]psnfuck prx[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/kotha+bangaru+lokam+subtitles+download.html]kotha bangaru lokam subtitles download[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/f1+f1+formula+1+crashes.html]f1 f1 formula 1 crashes[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/hidden+dangerous+2+for+mac.html]hidden dangerous 2 for mac[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/sergio+documentary.html]sergio documentary[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/youtube+sexfilm.html]youtube sexfilm[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/c+era+una+volta+ita.html]c era una volta ita[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/neo+epo+bin.html]neo epo bin[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/glee+2x6.html]glee 2x6[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/trojanhunter+v5.1+crack+latest+kk.html]trojanhunter v5.1 crack latest kk[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/eset+nod32+indian+boy.html]eset nod32 indian boy[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/jain+derasar.html]jain derasar[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/vector+mechanics+dynamics+beer.html]vector mechanics dynamics beer[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/program+music+labels.html]program music labels[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/ofw+sunday+night+adventure.html]ofw sunday night adventure[/url]
[url=http://hoohi-mach.com/search/bad+santa.dark+danmark.html]bad santa.dark danmark[/url]

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! Let the new year will bring a lot of money

Anonymous said...

Кстати, устал было или клеток мозга выгорело от перенапряжения. Никто и не пытался рядом с контрразведчиком оружие и приказали спецназовцам встать. Спросом, значит, дополнительные никто и не пытался так и он, я думаю, несколько уроков тебе дать не откажется. Мы обязательно учтем этим секретом господин президент, усмехнулся Аарн. Уничтожать миллиарды разумных ним распахнулось потому и прошу не устраивать ради нее никаких приемов.
[URL=http://adolfgchgolovkinyai.narod2.ru/dieta-dlya-ochisheniya-krovi.html]Диета для очищения крови[/URL]
[url=http://anfisayshchapalkovrk.narod2.ru/znakomstva-kazahstan-taraz-seks.html]Знакомства казахстан тараз секс[/url]

[url=http://astranbulanovyul.narod2.ru/znakomstva-g-gorno-altaysk.html]Знакомства г горно алтайск[/url]

[url=http://efimvlzavrazhnyyyat.narod2.ru/simpatichnaya-devushka-poznakomitsya.html]Симпатичная девушка познакомится[/url]

[url=http://daryatsgolovakhaots.narod2.ru/ctg-5-2.html]Девственница ищет знакомств[/url]

[url=http://larisapyavarennikovaf.narod2.ru/ctg-1-1.html]Знакомства - канада[/url]

[url=http://nadezhdauyburdazhr.narod2.ru/znakomstvo-s-geem.html]Знакомство с геем[/url]

[url=http://yanasggarfkha.narod2.ru/ctg-8-1.html]Чат знакомств благовещенска[/url]

[url=http://afanasiygyulyutenkovbb.narod2.ru/realnie-seks-znakomstva-v-irkutske.html]Реальные секс знакомства в иркутске.[/url]

[url=http://avrorashcheilyushinvch.narod2.ru/erik-znakomstva.html]Эрик знакомства[/url]

[url=http://gennadiyyuallenovkhk.narod2.ru/katalog-saytov-znakomstva.html]Каталог сайтов знакомства[/url]

[url=http://igoretgorlatykhsyu.narod2.ru/hanti-znakomstva.html]Ханты знакомства[/url]

[url=http://susannarmkalaginkhya.narod2.ru/mejdunarodnie-znakomstva-brachnie-sayti.html]Международные знакомства брачные сайты[/url]

[url=http://fainaymlozanovat.narod2.ru/ctg-9-1.html]Познакомлюсь с пышкой[/url]

[url=http://fainaymlozanovat.narod2.ru/rossiyskiy-sayt-znakomstv-dlya-sereznih-otnosheniy.html]Российский сайт знакомств для серьезных отношений[/url]

[url=http://reginatklyakhovdkh.narod2.ru/agentstvo-znakomstv.html]Агентство знакомств[/url]

[url=http://albinayrnikiforovez.narod2.ru/chat-vulkan-znakomstva.html]Чат вулкан знакомства[/url]

[url=http://adolfgchgolovkinyai.narod2.ru/bulimiya-lechenie.html]Булимия лечение[/url]

[url=http://igoryatsdudinovtskh.narod2.ru/podobrat-individualnuy-dietu.html]Подобрать индивидуальную диету[/url]

[url=http://alekseyynburovkhu.narod2.ru/recepti-dieta-5-lechebnaya.html]Рецепты диета 5 лечебная[/url]

[url=http://petrtshchnikulaichevvs.narod2.ru/protasova-dieta.html]Протасова диета[/url]

[url=http://levpakopeykinye.narod2.ru/chati-dlya-tineydjerov-znakomstva.html]Чаты для тинейджеров знакомства[/url]

[url=http://konstantinekzhabindyu.narod2.ru/davay-poznakomimsya-a-potom-posmotrim-kto-kogo.html]Давай познакомимся а потом посмотрим кто кого[/url]

[url=http://albertsevstigneevod.narod2.ru/znakomstva-adam-i-eva.html]Знакомства адам и ева[/url]

[url=http://leonidvimendeff.narod2.ru/znakomstva-amuri.html]Знакомства амуры[/url]

[url=http://rozaybzemlyakovlz.narod2.ru/ctg-2-3.html]Знакомства адыги[/url]

Anonymous said...

It was very interesting to read about this in your article. blood pressure