Scary? You bet. Futuristic? Hell, yes. Dystopia, here we come.
As tipped by Warren Ellis, Kim Boekbinder's first EP is out, and it's available for download for nothing at all, or to purchase. As Miss Boekbinder says, though:
"You can download this for free, but if you give me money, I can make more music. And eat. I like food. And music."Help her out, if you can, or spread the word yourself. Near as I can tell, apart from a few echo effects, the first track is just her, a keyboard, and hand and foot percussion. The second track sounds lush and electronically produced. "Gypsy", the first track, reminds me palpably of current Rasputina melodic structures. And the fourth track is very much like life in N'Awlins, from sleepy mornings with café au lait and beignets to sitting in sidewalk cafes, eating muffaletta and listening to music from sidewalk performers just out of sight.
She's worth supporting.
A while back I talked about the upper teen classes mainstreaming on the main grid. I think at this point I should make something plain. When I speak negatively about "children" on the grid, I don't mean teens like this. I mean teens like this. Okay? We're not talking about good teens. We're talking about bad teens.
Now, I know, there are a lot of amazing teens--and amazing children, as well--out there. What I'm referring to when I speak negatively on the issue is the spectacular fubar moments, the documented why are they that STUPID moments, the I can't believe they actually DID that cases. The rank and file have little to worry about; most of them aren't honestly interested in Second Life in "that way".
What I'm honestly worried about, with the potential flood of incoming older teens, is:
- increased grid violence (potentially leading to international lawsuits)
- increased grid coverage in negative ways
- increased griefing
- increased paranoia that all 'the kids' will be copybotting
Which was fine as long as the Labs maintained their stance on Second Life being eighteen and over only. What about now? Sixteen and seventeen year olds are not counted as adults in most jurisdictions, national or international; so, while it's still not real sex under the stipulations, it could be considered as sexual involvement with minors. Easily.
Which should scare those in the sex professions to death right about now. Me? I'm still saying Linden Labs is playing a long-haul version of take-back: "Yeah, um, we were wrong about the sex stuph, let's not do that anymore, mmkay? Thanks, great, perfect, buy a Linden home, buh-bye!"
Phhht. Maybe it's just me being irascible and out of sorts, of late, but seriously--it seems like an inescapable (and rather quick-paced) march towards the shore of grid-wide PG ratings, no (or only "approved) user content, and subscription-only service. Am I wrong? Or does this not seem like exactly where we're going?