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Back in 2006, "Second Life was continually credited with holding the cutting edge on adult content."

Beginning in 2009, Linden Lab mounted a campaign to 'clean up' Second Life in order to make it more "predictable" and, hopefully, more marketable to mainstream America.

Those who were here at the time will remember the hurricane of anger that ripped through the community. It was, without question, the most divisive and destructive policy in the entire history of Second Life.

There followed three years of Disneyfication to make SL suitable for children.

And the winner is: not Second Life, but E.L. James and Fifty Shades of Grey.

It seems that mainstream America is very happy indeed with "Adult content".

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I don't get it...what exactly are you saying? Fifty Shades of Grey was one of the worst books I've read in a long time. Bad literary components, bad descriptions, told as if it was the viewpoint of a 12 year old high on drugs and not even an original story....based on the Twilight series. How does it effect SL at all exactly?

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I always thought the introduction of the Adult Content policy was more to do with LL's attempt -- now, sensibly enough, abandoned -- to make SL more attractive as a platform for businesses and educators.  

It's hard to be sure, since everything, just about, concerning the policy's introduction was so badly mishandled, but it seems difficult to credit that the whole thing was primarily designed so they could safely accommodate a few thousand teens when they finally pulled the plug on the Teen Grid a year or so later.

 

oops.. I meant to reply to the thread rather than jwenting in particular.. sorry

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Deltango Vale wrote:

Back in 2006,

Beginning in 2009, Linden Lab mounted a campaign to
in order to make it more "predictable" and, hopefully, more marketable to mainstream America.

Those who were here at the time will remember the hurricane of anger that ripped through the community. It was, without question, the most
policy in the entire history of Second Life.

There followed three years of
to make SL suitable for
.

And the winner is: not Second Life, but E.L. James and
.

It seems that mainstream America is very happy indeed with "Adult content".

Unless mainstream America would be very happy standing around in boxes made out of prims covered with tacky full-bright red and/or purple textures while naked ten-foot-tall men with a limited ability to converse ask them to join them in mechanical, badly aligned "sexual" animations the second they arrive in a region, MOST of "adult" SL would still be boned.

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Innula Zenovka wrote:

 

oops.. I meant to reply to the thread rather than jwenting in particular.. sorry

 

I think people would have suspected as much :) But thanks for the apology. You're right, or it was a kneejerk reaction to what was seen as very strict new US laws in the works that turned out not to be. Many companies at the time went berserk to "protect minors" by making access to anything from violence to nudity harder if not impossible.

Remember nipplegate? That's the kind of attitude that brought about the LL policies (or rather the impression some people had about where they'd lead, causing people like Dari to leave SL "in protest" when there was nothing going on).

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Sure we are, most are just not open about it to people in real life I assume. :matte-motes-inlove:

I wouldn't be surprised if it's my uptight Christian neighbor that I saw stripping at a club in world. :matte-motes-evil-invert:

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Y'know, it's kinda funny. Even the moderator who moved this thread from the GD Forum didn't get it. (The thread is not about 'adult' content; it's about the effect of Linden Lab's policy on 'adult' content on Second Life in general. It's about Linden Lab's attempt to reduce the million shades of grey of human sexuality worldwide to simple black & white.)

After heavy editing by the publisher, Fifty Shades of Grey remains a poorly-written teen romance. I personally found it boring beyond belief. With that out of the way, let's get back to the real issue: It's hugely popular.

In spite of all evidence to the contrary, Linden Lab Disneyfied SL because it believed sex (at least in America) was hugely unpopular. Linden Lab was wrong. Disneyfication did not open the floodgates; it brought in a handful of teens who are now, ironically, reading Fifty Shades of Grey.

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I'm not sure about the original point; I don't know that LL were trying to Disneyfy SL so much as making the Mainland more attractive to some people, who might not want a sex club opening up next door to their house or shop (most Adult Content is, and always has been for as long as I can remember, on private sims, which were pretty much unaffected, as I recall).   

That is, at the time, they were trying to promote SL to business and educational users, who were thought not to want Adult Content so prominently displayed as then it was, at least not in areas they might want to use, rather than to banish it all together.    

My take on it was that business and educational establishments wanted this for the same reason they want content filters and so on on their computers in RL -- not that they object to their employees or students looking at porn or adult content, particularly, but that they object to their looking at it when they should working or studying.

But, be that as it may, what follows from your point?  It's hardly news that  LL are capable of making serious errors of judgment now and again, after all.

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