I love technology (at least the parts of it I can use). I love that it doesn’t care about age or physical strength or language. It does, however, come with a large amount of both frustration and risk.
I’m going to create a group title for myself that says “Rez Dammit” – then people would have a PG-filtered insight into my thoughts as I stand there waiting to take a photo. Honestly, it’s been a long time since I had to deal with 2 FPS – I grumbled a lot this morning.
The greatest source of annoyance, and even threat, apart from the electronic components to an online life, would be our fellow metaversal travelers. The technology we all embrace not only facilitates our creativity and joy, it also makes it possible for asshats to compromise our virtual existence. They can damage or even delete our pixel lives.
I recently posted↑ about a wonderful place called Grizzly Creek. Morgan Garret↑ creates and sells the most exquisite birds I’ve seen. He also sells his windchimes and stained glass and other wonderful objects, but it was the birds that made me fall in love. What he doesn’t sell are trees. This is important to remember.
I’ve only spent a short amount of time talking to him, but I can tell you he’s a truly lovely person. He is (publicly acknowledged) a Tlingit living in the Alaskan wilderness, close to nature and very genuine.
His Grizzly Creek build included landscaping materials he had purchased and modified. That’s one of the reasons people buy things with mod rights – they can modify them. :)
He had backed up his build and, through various permutations of the viewer take/save/rez steps the creator name on those modified objects was his. We’ve all experienced this – once you change textures, prims etc., that’s what happens. Again, remember, he wasn’t selling them.
Somebody decided he was copybotting and notified the original creator of the trees. They accused him of modifying them to steal the objects and then sell them. This is a misunderstanding that I’m sure could have been resolved.
Unfortunately, before that was even possible, somebody cleared his build and hacked his account. His password was changed and the money he’d been saving towards buying his own sim is now out of reach.
He’s still planning to keep his marketplace stall↑ open but is taking time to decide if he will ever return inworld.
A really nice person, with beautiful creations built with a love and passion for nature, has been badly injured by indignation coupled with thoughtlessness. The harm was made possible with the same technology that supported the creative process. I love the fact that we can all make it work, I just wish the bits & bytes checked for common sense before acting on rash commands.