As this month began, renowned machinimist Draxtor Despres aired the seventh instalment of his widely acclaimed series titled “The Drax Files”. In this episode, which was much discussed by many, Draxtor had a talk with Linden Lab CEO Rod Humble. The video, which was 5 minutes long, did not feature the entire discussion – the full transcript was published by Jo Yardley. As I wrote in my own coverage of that episode of “The Drax Files”, it was most interesting to see LL’s CEO to come forward and speak about Second Life, his vision for the virtual world’s future and its place in the IT universe.
Please note that I refer to what was featured in that episode of “The Drax Files” as a “talk” and a “discussion”, deviating even from how I described it in my related post, because, frankly, it’s not a piece of journalism or investigation. It wasn’t designed to be a reportage, it wasn’t conceived as such. Instead, it was more like a presentation – and it’s not like Draxtor himself (who is actually perfectly candid and honest about his work) asked the number or type of questions you’d expect from a journalist. So, for clarity’s sake, I opt now for the terms “conversation”, “discussion” and “talk”.
This means, of course, that several questions that a user of Second Life may have simply were not addressed at all. And some of the claims and figures that Mr. Humble presents us with only serve to raise more questions, even though I readily admit that, on many levels, he seems to have a far better grasp of what Second Life is all about than all previous LL CEOs combined. So, this time, I’m going to base my work on Jo Yardley’s transcript of the full discussion and I’m going to provide some of my own questions – not that I really expect answers, as Linden Lab has a rather peculiar perception of what an interview should be like (i.e. all questions are submitted for prior
censorshipvetting and approval and the interviewer is not allowed to sneak a censoredrejected question back into the interview; perhaps LL should look to this particular policy for some of the reasons that the media treat it with such contempt). Like I said, I don’t expect Mr. Humble to answer my questions – but they’re worth asking in public anyway, if only for posterity’s sake.
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