portseven wrote:Isn't the Web itself a 'a virtual world' anyway? Surely any arguments against SL being taking away from RL can be applied to the internet as a whole?!?!?
I think SL may prove to be the model for the next generation 'Web', an evolution if you like. I am deffo watching its development with interest. I see it like a 3D version of the Web.
First, I need to make real clear that being a moderator for these forums does not make me in any way an official representative of the Church.
With that being said, here are my 2¢...
Your argument that Second Life could end up being an evolution of the Web has some merit. Having not played the game, I speak on assumption; I assume if an environment like Second Life were to envelop the current Web, it would definitely be a more intuitive Web "browsing" experience, as it would be resemble an experience closer to that which we would have in real life.
However, in it's current form, the only benefit for the companies/organizations you named earlier to be getting involved with Second Life is a commercial gain. I don't see how this "technology" would improve any of the missions of the Church that are not already being accomplished in the current form of the Web.