Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I have just sent my latest chapter to my supervisors. It deals with the power games and structures in Second Life Gor. Although portraying itself as a role-playing community, it also houses a comparatively large contingent of "lifestylers," people who live out the Gorean philosophy in their everyday lives. The boundaries between role-play and lifestyle, "out of character" and "in character," make-believe and make-belief, are blurred, and I would argue that this is the main reason why Gor is considered controversial by many mainstream Second Lifers. Ironically enough, I also think that some of the people active in Second Life Gor might see the blurring of boundaries as a plus, since it might help creating an aura of acceptance within the larger Second Life community (and perhaps also outside of it). It all invokes the question: Who has the preferential right of interpretation? Who is the master and who is the slave?