“Sooner or later it’ll be used for shagging”

I found this particularly hilarious since I just got back from a conference where a Firm-funded futurist spent a lot of his time waxing poetic about the glories of Second Life and the New Digital Economy™.

Sex is indivisible from Second Life. It’s an aspect of the broad freedoms allowed its users. Frankly, if it’s on the Internet, you can be certain that sooner or later (and usually sooner) it’ll be used for shagging.

I’m just saying: anyone who says that sexual activity is a tiny part of
the SL experience is either stupid or knowingly lying. Further: anyone
who thinks it’s not going to lead to trouble down the line is just an
idiot.

— Warren Ellis, Second Life Sketches: Please stop doing that to the cat.   Reuters/Second Life News Center, 23 February 2007

I guess that explains why Mr. Futurist was so enthusiastic about it.

I am one of those dinosaurs who thinks that if one’s Second Life escapism is a big time-eater, then it’s a pretty good bet the First Life needs a lot of work, too.

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