Timeless Vision

With the changing tones of friends

From afar,

I gather the flow of age

Being constant before the screen radiating 

Truths about the human mind

To which I can never be blind

Despite my lack of sight.

Submitted by Barmherzigeit Resident

Pixel soul    

 

Pixels

Can you show what i have inside?

With the colors you paint the layer of me

How can you color my soul?

Or are you just a mask to hide?

 

You need me to color my soul

Through the pixels

To the world unseen

Within a second we reach miles and miles

Of the pixels

Yet the world

That we hold

Behind the screen

Behind the lights

With the Pixels

Beyond the vast horizon of sight

 

Now its Late night,

Yet miles to go on more 

With the pixels 

From the sky to the shore

So come hold my soul.

Submitted by Lightrona Resident

  Why you do this to me?

 

You keep upgrading that pixel body

You imagine is yours

A mix of Bento and Maitreya

And hair from too many brands to remember

You frequent the marketplace

Go to clubs

Get your avatar into some bike race

Sometimes I find you roleplaying a teacher in some Christian school

Perhaps a proud African nun 

Why do you get me banned from sims 

when I tell you

“You’re black and beautiful…”?

Submitted by slothup Resident

Untitled

I eat fries

Most of the time

But when I don’t

I tend to cry

(I’m fat)

The fries are a metaphor for cyber culture

Fries are salty, people on the internet are always salty about everything

Submitted by ariahphantom Resident

Roleplay

Oneday you are my mother

Another day my lover in bed

As my father becomes our baby girl instead

 

Second Life is magic! 
 
I like the way it coaxes our attention to each soul
 
And not its worldly role.
 
Submitted by lickmydonkey Resident

 

 

Racism subtly breathes in SL

Right. All a host at a club had to do was start a discussion about robot serving food at Multan pizzeria.  “He studied electrical engineering at an university in Islamabad and now modernizing his father’s pizzeria! Pretty bold but would you like to be served by a human or a robot?” asked the host, attempting  to get those afkish people at the classic rock music club all chatty about how old school human waiters are way better than technology serving food.

And then, after an awkward pause, someone from the crowd replied, “Let’s not take after a nation that justifies pedophilia!”  Silence followed.

So, I went about asking people after people in SL if they had experienced racism of any degree inworld. That’s how I came across this particular clubber who was kind enough to anonymously share his painful experience with us.

I used to work as a DJ at a dance club about 3 years ago. There was this one American VIP who was a big tipper at that club. Once he and his SL family got banned for his SL wife did something which wasn’t allowed in that club. She brought her babies and rp (roleplay) kids. That man threatened the club owner telling them that he would definitely grief the sim. He wanted me to quit my job there to boycott the club. When I didn’t do that, he went all racist on me..calling me all kinds of bad names…endless verbal abuse followed as I didn’t do something he wanted me to do. I became very upset and didn’t tell anybody a word about it. I know not all Americans are like that. But, due to that incident, I don’t friend them easy now. I am all proud of my race, religion, and culture and I know I shouldn’t be affected by someone’s negative views about me. It hurt back then for some reason. I don’t know what. Now it doesn’t bother me in the least because no one else knows me or my great culture better than I do.

 

 

Is Second Life too Western?

Who hasn’t come across the grand American Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, Veteran’s Day, Mardi Gras, Pride Festival, Canada Day, and Happy New Year celebrations in clubs and bars!? Most seasoned SL Residents have. I must not forget the big Second Life Birthday celebration every year!

How about Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr? You can hardly ever tell in SL if it’s the season for a non-American celebration. However, there are clubs and sims where people from their respective other cultures observe some of their significant times.

What I find offensive is the sole prioritization of the major Western celebrations at Second Life hubs and clubs that are popularized by people from all across the globe. Not just the West. I have had many friends inworld from Turkey, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, and Indonesia who I met at different clubs. Some of them work as hosts or DJs at those clubs where nobody cares about their festivals. Let alone decorating the place to show respect to their regular visitor/worker from another culture for any of their periods of celebration.

I believe that the enriching Americanization in the developing countries and some developed ones should also be blamed for the lack of respect towards the non-Western lifestyle even in a virtual world. I have observed people from the Eastern world widely promoting the big American celebrations in Second Life and enjoying them in good spirits. The same people don’t complain when hardly anyone wishes them a happy time during one of their own country’s festivals. Many don’t realize this absence of equality inworld.

And, years ago as a noob, I imagined Second Life was free of real world problems. Well, at least a Breast Cancer Awareness Party or a Relay for Life concert unites us all inworld.

 

 

Club Workers Exploited!

Almost every Resident, seasoned or not, in Second Life seems to be an avid clubber. Typing out gestures in local chat, eyeing titillating avatars nearby, and aiming to start one of those private IMs that may lead to pixel love making, are wonted ways in which people make themselves feel detached from their respective realities.

Clubs are nothing without a high traffic daily. And clubs that use bots to fake traffic are a failure. People don’t like working at those places. Now, being a club worker is no easy job. You don’t just require a good mass communication skill. The passion to enhance the club’s fame inworld by devoting to the club a remarkable number of hours is what someone aiming to be a host or DJ must have.

What about these workers? They are not getting what they deserve. It doesn’t matter if they want to get it or not. The fact that club work is limited to a “non-serious pixel world” where people just go to distract themselves from their real problems is no excuse for club owners to exploit their workers in this fashion.

Exploit is the right word. Apart from the really popular few clubs, every club you go to has a familiar scene. What’s that? A DJ spinning music and a host typing their fingers off in local chat with the hope that the lindens they make will be worth their hard work and real expense (internet and electricity bills for the times they work inworld). Their tip jars never lie. What is the average income of a worker per set of two whole hours and sometimes three (forgetting the half an hour preparation time prior to the set)? 300L$ for a host and about 400L$ for a DJ in one of the top 10 most popular clubs. Yes, the truth is, many hosts and some DJs don’t even make lindens worth one whole US dollar. Whenever I go to a club, I have to face the same pity inducing situation every time. Hosts are almost begging for lindens for the DJ and the club. Sometimes their tip boxes show 0L$ or 50L$ even if I land towards the end of a set. Oh, I go to the well known clubs only.

If you are a club owner, you should not expect a VIP to pay the staff that you hire to run your own business (club). Sometimes some people working some particular shift make a lot of lindens while the workers of the next shift start faking the enthusiasm after over an hour of making next to nothing or simply nothing. Some people have inworld families and friends who tip them well while ignoring the other staff putting in the same effort. There are workers who tip each other the same amount. You see the problem here? Oh, a few clubs don’t even pay their managers!

Now, any long time Second Life Resident will know how frequently new clubs spring up every other day. You can earn quite a lot of lindens doing the first few shifts after inauguration. However, the club will possibly be dead in no time.

The conclusion? If you run a club and expect your staff to abide by all your rules, make sure you pay them “equally” for their time and work. Tips should just be considered an extra. Exploitation of the club workers is equally pathetic to the fun loving party people who are reminded about one of the major problems of our real society as they happen to see the tip jars.