Or the Kitsune, the furries, the tinies.
Just recently, when I saw a Neko walk by in a shop, I was surprised (almost shocked) to see one, and then I realized that my surprise stems from the fact that I haven’t seen a neko or much of any of the hybrids or the other cultures in SL in a very, very long time. Certainly, not as routinely or in the same numbers as I once had.
As is probably universally true inworld, one of the things I have always loved about SL is the wonderful creativity and expression in the virtual world. It shows itself not only in the formal art installations but also in everyday ways, down to the way we look and the cultures we enrich. I like differences in style and cultures (irrespective of whether or not either one fits my aesthetic, with the only thing falling clearly outside of my tolerance zone is any kind of griefing culture-activity). These differences (even bad fashion sensibility or lopsided physical proportions) are, for me, a wonderful expression of creativity and experiments in throwing off or at least exploring FL labels in a way that FL rarely allows us to explore. But for some reason over the past few months (and maybe it’s only because I’ve been in too many shopping malls), I’ve noticed that unlike my first and second year in SL, I’m not running into many different cultures or aethestics everywhere anymore. Which leads me to wonder (without any judgement cast in either direction): is the larger SL community outside of the formal artists still as varied and as culturally rich (in appearance, style, and society) as I remember it being? Has some other more stylized culture and standard for virtual beauty-expression in look and dress and action achieved a critical mass inworld? Or could it be that the FL tendency to compartmentalize has crept into SL and other virtual worlds and spurred the creation of specific role play sims, daresay continents, daresay OpenSim worlds to separate and organize same with same? I don’t know if any of this – or any combination of this – is the case. Perhaps, like I said, I’ve just been in too many inworld shopping malls recently (although that never stopped the cultures from combining in the past). But I’m curious to hear your views on this. And in the meanwhile, I have a feeling that for a bit I’ll start looking at SL through the lens of these questions.
I also have a feeling I’ll be dusting off my Kitsune ears and tail a bit more than I have in the past. Just because.
I need to figure out what I did to the camera settings to create this strange kind of ghosted echo on my images. I think I customized the size too large is my hunch, clearly misunderstanding a weblog on photography that suggested doing so to reduce the pixels in the image.