[iDC] The SL Unleashing.

Simon Biggs s.biggs at eca.ac.uk
Sun Jan 10 10:23:21 UTC 2010

I am not aware of Linden sponsoring any academic institutions or research
projects. However, they do make free land available for one off time-limited
educational activities. I considered that as a taster to attract deeper
(paying) involvement, but perhaps it is part of a larger marketing strategy?



Simon Biggs

Research Professor
edinburgh college of art
s.biggs at eca.ac.uk

Creative Interdisciplinary Research into CoLlaborative Environments
CIRCLE research group

simon at littlepig.org.uk
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From: helen varley jamieson <helen at creative-catalyst.com>
Reply-To: <helen at creative-catalyst.com>
Date: Sat, 09 Jan 2010 22:22:04 +1300
To: 'idc' <idc at mailman.thing.net>
Subject: Re: [iDC] The SL Unleashing.

linden must also benefit enormously from all the academic research
that's been done into/around SL; i wonder, does linden fund/sponsor
anything, or are the universities/researchers paying for their land etc
as well as donating the research?


ricardo at ambriente.com wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> I'm not on Second Life although I'm one of those people who created an
> avatar long ago and didn't return to it.
> I'm writing now, because when I read about critical artists using SL, I'm
> dumbfounded by the lack of criticality toward Linden Lab, their treatment
> toward employees and that artists using SL are uncritically contributing
> to a commercial product with questionable ethics.
> I'm largely writing from the position of an educator who has seen
> talented, young students eagerly take jobs with Linden Lab only to be
> overworked and underpaid - taken advantage of for lack of professional
> experience.  Linden Lab has a history of hiring young talented college
> graduates, paying them a low salary and demanding well over 8 hours a day.
>  Kids stick with the job, because they think it will lead them somewhere.
> I find this treatment of young artists entirely unethical.  And it's
> disappointing to here of critically engaged artists using a corporate
> platform without a critical perspective toward the corporation that they
> are playing tribute to by contributing to its environment and popularity
> while it mistreats its employees.
> ricardo


helen varley jamieson: creative catalyst
helen at creative-catalyst.com

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