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Hello Second Life!

I am student, based in London, England, writing my dissertation on the experience of online virtual worlds, particularly Second Life (as it's by far the most interesting). I am hoping to conduct an 30 - 45 minute interview with a Second Life user to get a better understanding of a person's experience of playing Second Life.

If you are interested or would like more information, I can be reached at secondlifeinterview@gmail.com.

Thank you for your help!

-Josh

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Joshua, one interview? One only?

You know how many millions of SL accounts are active right now? You know how many people are logged in at any time of the day? Can you imagine that most of us have totally different views about what SL is? How differently everybody is using SL? Many are just hanging out, chatting with friends, some are just clubbing and shopping, many are exploring, some are RPing, some do online games and sports, many are building, some of them made it a business, some are using SL for educational purposes, some are doing art, music, machinima ... the list goes on.

And let's not forget that not all SLers are on the same level of knowing stuff about SL. Sometimes you meet 6 years and older players who don't even know the mainland continents, you meet people who never tried to stream media, you meet super special freaks who know a lot about one aspect of SL but are completely ignorant about the rest. People who never leave their home sim and spend the whole day with building, people who are in SL for years but never know where they are, since they only TP from one place to another and get lost in the same building.

So I hardly think one interview partner will give you a good overview about SL. Or any worhwile insight at all.

 

 

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I would spend the time really getting involved in the Second Life community but I am very limited by my work and studies!

And yes, to conduct one interview to encompass such a vast and immense community sounds quite foolish.

But the approach I'm taking is one that looks solely at individual experience. 

The aim is assume one individual's perspective and stay with that person's way to seeing, interacting, and experiencing Second Life. 

I would prefer a more experienced user as they would have a better understanding of Second Life as a whole.

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I would prefer a more experienced user as they would have a better understanding of Second Life as a whole.

 

My point exactly.

Many of us older, experienced, users are also specialists. Idiots savant if you so want. I for example, am a race sailor. Therefor I know a lot about vehicle use, lag, crappy servers, crashes of all sort and how to avoid them. Can't tell you  much about what's going on in any RP sims, what clubs are hip right now and where to get the bestest fashion. Like most oldbies you'll never find me at any infohub or any other LL stuff. I'm never at higly sexualized Zindra or having any sexual activities (which seems to be what SL is most famous for), and I don't go out much.

So if you wanna get an interview partner with an idea of what's going on in SL right now, a more newbish resident would maybe be the better choice.


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