[iDC] The SL Unleashing.

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Sun Jan 10 05:00:12 UTC 2010

There are all sorts of education discounts.

On Sat, 9 Jan 2010, helen varley jamieson wrote:

> 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?
> helen
> 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
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