When we started the September Project five years ago, Second Life was barely a year old, and barely a blip on the scene, much less a location in which we expected events to take place. This year we have two events happening In World, and this one is the trailblazer. From Riven Homewood:
Freedom and Independence in Virtual Worlds: a Conversation with Tom Bukowski
Sunday, Sept. 21, 1pm SLT
Virtual American Anthropologist Amphitheater, Anteater Island, SecondLife
The Alexandrian Free Library is pleased to present a second discussion led by Tom Bukowski, author of the book Coming of Age in SecondLife. This discussion will focus on the concepts of freedom and independence, and how these concepts are expressed in a virtual world such as SecondLife. It will be the first September Project event ever held in SecondLife.
We will consider topics such as these: What does freedom mean in a place where you can literally look and behave like anyone or anything you wish? How do individuals and communities on SL decide what customs they will follow? Why do many people on SecondLife choose to participate in lifestyles that severely restrict their virtual freedom? What does independence mean in a world that belongs to a private corporation? How much of what we do on SecondLife is determined by the code that runs SL and how much is actually open to
our own choice?
Now this is the beauty of SecondLife: wherever you may be on September 21, consider checking out this event!