Now what do you do when all the press is bad? Right, you make your own press. That’s what the people from SLang Life - tagline ‘real information at home’ - must have thought, when browsing trough the latest RL articles on our brave new virtual world. Which means? We get our first real life magazine glossy paper thingie you may put on the toilet, read on the metro or use in the litterbox. And we’ll get it for free! Sure, we are just virtual beings, but see: we can get real life tries to die for us! W00t! As far as I know, those avies over at WoW do not have such powers! :p
A bit to much irony from my side - especially if you take into account my involvement with the SLart at the Cannery book - you say?
I don’t know. It’s nice to see all these pretty photographs on paper, and it’s even nicer they will live through Flickr account deletions, asset server problems and other electronics apocalyptic stuff. But news, opinions, … on Second Life is something temporary? Sculpties and WindLight will not stay ‘hawt’ forever?
And if I look at SLang Life ’s mission statements, I can’t help but wonder:
- To be the best source of information about the Second Life platform in printed form. - Ok, you’re the first and only one. So that’s not a hard one.
- To present the views, opinions and comments of avatars and journalists in SL and RL concerning the current affairs and events taking place in ‘Second Life’. - Hmmm. I tend to be happy with the information found on the blogs & SL news sites I read. Yeah sure, more in-depth is always possible, but the SL bloggers - small, big and huge ones - are so much faster. They just need to write & press ‘post’. You guys will need to write, lay-out, print proof, print, wrap, post and then wait until it arrives with us and we decide to empty the mailbox. I prefer my news ‘breaking’, especially as it comes to a world that seems to be on double speed compared to our good old solid non-virtual one.
- To present texts and opinions reflecting the views of SL society in a wide international perspective. - See ‘2.’
Besides that they did not promise us neat and good looking graphics without diffuse glow, I also wonder about pricing. Printing a magazine is not cheap: IRL you pay lots of money for a fashion magazine that is full of ads. How will you raise enough capital out of ads, still keep the magazine agreeable to read and with content, pay your writers, pay for the dead trees, pay for putting ink on the dead trees and pay shipping fees? My full admiration if you pull this off, as I do not see not anybody pay giant amounts of RL dollars for ads which such a limited ‘public’.
Yet, I have a subscription now. And you’ll see me and my human fighting over the magazine. Just out of curiosity and to see who finishes it first. You can get your own copy of Slang Life deliverd to your mailbox by filling out the subscription form here.
PS. Why the hell would I want a ‘discreet mail (the opaque envelope without sign of content)‘?! That way I can never grab it before the human gets her paws on it!