[SLED] how does one deal with counter culture?
ell at bumail.bradley.edu
Tue Oct 10 10:16:23 PDT 2006
On Oct 10, 2006, at 11:25 AM, Tim Allen wrote:
> right now, the real-life metaphor I'll draw is that we'd all be
> able to drive cars without licenses and own concealed firearms
> without permits. that's just ridiculous in reality or virtual
> reality. It also would seem to be the most "quick and easy" change
> for LL to make. :-)
I think that the metaphor you pick is pretty powerful (language can
work that way).
Why do you insist on relating digital/computational behavior to
analog (and illegal) behavior?
The recording industry claims tens of millions of dollars a year in
losses from what they call illegal downloading. I see that as a way
closer analog here. And we all know that there are more than two
sides to the argument as to whether "illegal" downloading should
really be illegal.
How about moving digital content you've purchased across media
platforms? In most cases, doing so is illegal under the DMCA. But
I'll be you know a coupla people who do it. Some of them might even
be friends/colleagues. And I know a large number of people who give
these (and other like) laws "grief" as often as they can . . . both
for the point of it and for the outcome.
Not all hackers are criminals.
I DO NOT oppose trying to protect important digital assets. I don't
want my avatar or inventory messed with; if I were a builder or a
coder, I would not want my hard work compromised.
I very much hope that LL figures out effective and even-handed/fair
protections for users of the virtual environment known as Second Life.
But it is a proprietary "place," with a number of "special" rules
that the Lindens construct at their bidding. It is not at all hard
for me to see a number of places/instances over which previously
happy users might become disenchanted former users with various
reasons for wanting to get back at the man.
Just figuring out ways to shut them out/off may not be the best
strategy for controlling their destructiveness.
Edward Lee Lamoureux, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, Multimedia Program
and Department of Communication
Co-Director, New Media Center
1501 W. Bradley
Peoria IL 61625
AIM/IM & skype: dredleelam
Second Life: Professor Beliveau
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