**Warning - Stream of Consciousness Post Ahead**
...so I'm working on this much longer post about second life and some of the recent critiques of SL...but as I sit here, up waaay too late, and having been roaming around in SL tonight, the little mantras of "what is the requirement?" - "what does this do differently or better than what has come before?" Kept running through my head. One answer to the former question is...there is no requirement. No requirement you can pin an ROI to. No requirement you can justify to a boardroom. Really - at this point there isn't - so stop looking.
There was also never a requirement for Picasso. There certainly was never a requirement for Calder. None for Cummings or Ginsberg or Mozart or Simon&Garfunkel. Did they however advance our collective understanding of the possible? Of the range of human potentiality? Damn straight.
2003. 3 years ago people. That's when SL went live. 3 years. I've been involved in acquisitions that took longer than 3 years. How deep have any of you gone into SL? I'm telling you this..there are some amazing artists at work in there. I'm still thinking through the implications for learning but I do know that the mere existence of something like SL is changing the discussion. G'night.