I’m away at the moment which has given me some time to recollect some very cold coffee thoughts – this time from the New Year…
It’s Life Jim, but not as we know it.
Spock’s “no-shit-Sherlock” diagnosis has been disturbing my thoughts of cold coffee due to constant New Year editorial round ups (don’t you hate these and why do you still read them?) showcasing the Second Lifer who earnt himself a million bucks in a virtual world. I don’t mean to be ungracious, also putting aside traditional British aversion to money-making, but where is the justice? We go to work in a real place, deal with real life issues and no virtual god gives me such reward. There some new rules here. In fact where do the new rules stop?
It’s a long time since the Iron Lady claimed that there was no such thing as society. This morning, I the get feeling she was doubly wrong. Not only is society flourishing, the Red movement et al, but we all seem to be building another dimension to society – Society 2.0 I think it is called. Before everyone groans with the pain of point-zero-itis, hear me out. I was with you until the virtual millionaire.
If the virtual world can make real money then what about real politics online? Who is the representative, the congressman or deputy for the online community? Who protects the interest for the time indeed the life we spend online? I don’t imagine George Bush or Vlad Putin would be voted into the role. It’s often said in Internet worlds the rules are made from the bottom up and that it is about the democratization of everything. So, Iraq apart, this trend toward democratization seems a truism but heck all of the people can’t be right all of the time. Who’s going to make the decisions and solve the arguments?
Then I suppose there are the rules around the bigger business picture. How will value be determined if there are only ever virtual business partners? What if companies themselves become dissolvable and the ideas lives online? Okay, I am getting silly now and nasty memories of the new economy and multi-million valuations of revenue-less companies are spoiling my dreams of a swiftly cooling coffee. Then again, is this any sillier than the price paid for Youtube, or a millionaire on Second Life? Thoughts?