:: Monday, September 06, 2004 ::
ORIGINAL POST: Friday, August 27, 2004
BY: Garrett Lynch
Its a sad affair when artists lose a resource due to lack of financial support or recognition and even sadder when we at netartreview are there to announce it.
Mez and Martin announced on the list _arc.hive_ this morning that as of August 30th the list would be shut down by its providers Virtual Artists, an Australian internet company, due to lack of money and the inability to manage a seemingly valueless service.
The list has been providing hierarchically-dependant "net.wurks", as Mez would term them, since November 2001 with regular contributions from artists such as Mez, Alan Sondheim, + lo_y. +, Lewis LaCook, August Highland, Florian Cramer, Peter von Brandenburg and A Dontigny.
If you are concerned about the loss of this resource email the list by subscribing through the link proved above and hopefully we will see this list appear in another shape or form on another server.
ORIGINAL POST: Thursday, August 26, 2004
BY: Lora McPhail
Notes from "The New World" -- Do you know what a Metaverse Construction Set is? You do if you are a resident of Second Life an online digital world, "built, shaped, and owned by its participants." This paid service invites users to, "create a shared reality in a world full of people, activities, adventure, and fun." The game space allows for live scripting and sits on over 100 servers, with, as they state, "new land added almost daily." Participants have extraordinary control over the development of their avatar and the types of activities it can participate in and people it can interact with. There is no seeming division between the conceptual boundaries of "reality" and "fantasy" within this world: Polar bears can run coffee houses; Pirates can teach kindergarten; I (cleverly disguised as a game show host) could host a game show! Both the inhabitants and environment are built by the interaction, or avoidance, of the residents.
As expected from any recently burgeoning community, there are a variety of additional services to help establish a new place and identity:forums, fansites, auctions, resources, merchandise for your second life and paraphenalia for your first life.
But all is not blissful in the new world. Recent features on old world news have reported that the a civil war has erupted between a tribe of utopia builders and a troop of war re-enactors, who broke through the digital divide which had been protecting each world from the agendas of the others. This and other news can more accurately be found on New World news sources such as Wagner James Au's "first-hand" reports blog.
Click here for other stories on SecondLife.com.