Warning: This is a text of the category “Poor English”. Do not read it if you are linguistically sensitive. Please take this warning serious. It is not a joke!
When I recently wobbled through the excessively twittering and splashing Second Life, I suddenly stumbled over a note. It contained an alarming discussion between worried natives. They talked about emptied, neglected sims and land prices thrown into the bottomless. The horrendous property taxes which are quite usual in the Second Life made it very improbable that somebody buys land here. Actually, so they lamanted, even the landbots of the big Second Life real-estate companies weren’t buying anymore.
Deeply lost in thoughts I ran like a shot into the research laboratory. Evaluating valuable mysterious textures? Examining the terrific cosy soil samples with which I had recently returned home? Processing the lion’s roar recorded fantastically? Well, not an idea. I couldn’t even think about. Because I could only think this: We have not enough time left!
Even if we should actually have prevented a (possible) shutdown of Second Life with our preventative demo, nevertheless many, many places are threatened by the destruction acutely. Onced abbandoned by the owners it doesn’t take a long time till Linden Lab pulls down all cultural possessions once built here. After that all you see are the lichen textures. Bald areas remain back. But: For the islands it’s even worse. Without a comment they bubble back into the sea from which they once have emerged, and nothing, not even a region name remains from them. I myself know many meanwhile completely destroyed islands. How many do you know?
That’s why I show here a small exemplary choice of places and objects which are possibly be threatened. I have the hope that we still can save them. Everybody can help! Teleport yourself into the deserted zones. So that the traffic there shoots up again. And, dear account corpses, what we need is a concept of a Second Life cultural heritage. Important and excellent but also maybe not so important but very typical Second Life buildings must be classified as historical monuments. In First Life, I’ve heard, it never happens that buldings are pulled down only because the builders doesn’t want them anymore. And even more, in First Life, ancient buildings which were wrecked by unfortunate circumstances are rebuilt newly. We are far away to feeling such an obligation towards our own past. But: Let us make a first step! Let us save our historical buildings from the demolition balls of Linden Lab and Co. Let us establish the Second Life cultural heritage!