There's a great moment near the beginning of the movie Back to the Future when Marty and his band try out for the upcoming school dance. The band takes the stage, begins to play, and is then cut off by Huey Lewis (playing a high-school teacher) who says, "Hold it, fellas. I'm afraid you're just too darn loud. Next, please. Bring the next group, please."
Reminds me of the saying, "If the music is too loud, you're too old."
Which is exactly how I feel when I read about stuff like Twitter. I just don't get it. How exactly does this improve my life and not waste my time? Maybe I'm just getting too old.
But this takes the cake.
Fast Company has an article called, Why You Should Have Your Next Business Meeting in Second Life.
What make second life so much better than real life for a meeting? They have something called 3D voice--this helps you hear the person on your left with your left ear and the person on your right with your right ear. Oh, and you can browse the web during the meeting. Which is exactly the way it is in meetings here in real life--only I don't have to spend any time creating an avatar, signing up for a membership, and figuring out how to get around the Second Life world. I can just walk down the hall to the conference room. Oh, and in real life, I'd have the advantage of being able to see the participant's body language, which is the majority of communication. This idea is lame.
This was my favorite part of the article:
...in Second Life you can actually rent tiki huts on a beach -- I guarantee you that you would remember the content of this conversation better than you would driving in your car and talking on the phone. I guarantee you would have laughed once or twice when I put on a funny hat or changed clothes with my avatar.
Sweet, tiki huts! Sign me up.
If someone put on a funny hat or changed their clothes in a business meeting in real life, would that make you laugh? Or would you think, "wow, that was unprofessional." Why would it be any different in a virtual world?
Like I said, lame. But then, you can add Second Life to the things I just don't get. Maybe I'm just getting too old.
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