When Lindens announced that all avatars would be welcome to build at the Second Life 5th Birthday Event - that includes child avatars, Goreans and the BDSM scene - and buildings would be reviewed fairly, without prejudices, I was relieved: as long as they were PG*** - blah, PG! - and made with decent virtual mortar and stone, it would be fine. Our virtual world, their trade demo. So be it, if it is to the benefit of our virtual world: new capital, better servers, somebody working on a new mesh, whatever. Not ‘woot!’ happy of course, we all KNOW if people take PG to the extent where all nipples are 3v1l and of limits it gets rather boring quickly, but still, at least all members of the Second Life community were again allowed to display their work at SL5B. Or aren’t they?
Latest concerning news about SL5B is that Lindens abandoned all family values, and are willing to tear child avies away from there worried parents. *evil Linden God’s voice* No longer shall thou picture your virtual families! No longer shall thou be allowed to take family snapshots when on an outing to the Hawaii Zoo! Thou shall in no way and under no circumstances picture an adult and child avatar in the same virtual photograph! *end Linden-god-tone* Sounds a little bit crazy if child avatars are allowed to walk on the same sims as adults do? And nothing wrong can be depicted as it all must PG anyway? Nope, this is exactly what Mr Stephen Venkman got to hear from ‘dze Lindens’. They forbid him to show snapshots of his virtual family at SL5B! Comments quote Dusty Linden as saying: ‘If you can agree:not to show kid AVs with Adult AVs (unless specifically OK’d by LL)and that LL reserves the right to adjust images, themes, etc. to address this concern…’ about another application.
SL5B Evolutionary Time Line
SL4B: Resident run. You get to pick if you are on a mature or PG sim. A bit laggy, but all fine and in good spirit.
SL5B: All sims are Mature, but ‘KIDs’* is advised.
SL5B: Buildings from the child avatar community, goreans and BDSM are rejected.
SL5B: Lindens take SL5B away from the community. Linden has the last and official call.
SL5B: All avatars are allowed, but everything needs to be PG.
SL5B: Photographs of fully dressed child avatars doing normal childlike things with their family are FORBIDDEN.
Now WTVF**?! Looks likes we’re in a fast pace evolving back to 19th century. Oh no wait, even then it was perfectly OK to picture a child and adult on the seaside, as long as they were dressed in those really long vintage bathing suits. Family photographs being evil, is this a 21th century invention then? Something that comes with the digital age?
From Shoshana Epsilons’s blog: Now they are saying “you can’t have a picture of a child and an adult in the same picture.” That’s STUPID. Their statement should be “we’ll evaluate each picture on a case-by-case basis” and then decide each picture on its REAL MERITS. They also said “no pictures of children around beds”. So, kids, don’t jump on the beds and don’t crawl into your cribs!
Sho is one of the lead organisers of SL5B - the SLart department - and does another call out: I want to donate my display to a protest. If you have any clean and wholesome family-type RL pictures that YOU OWN ALL RIGHTS TO, please send them to me in-world. I will heavily moderate the pictures, so not all pictures will be allowed. I expect good quality art pictures that are wholesome. Credits will be given to the photographer. So I’ve decided to pitch in. It’s not a real artsy photograph, but it’s a family photograph from the small Vint - estimated 3 or 4 years old - that I hold dearly. I guess in the end, they almost thought me that art is not about ‘prettiness’, but about having something to say about the society you live in. Art is always an analysis of that. Combined with my feelings, the fact that I am actually willing to show off the 4y old me, says enough about how I feel about our virtual society at the moment. I hope Sho will include it. I even asked permission from the parents - the real ones, obviously - to publish it.