Finding Balance

Photo by Leio McLaren (@leiomclaren) on Unsplash

I’ve been doing some thinking about all the crazy things that have happened this week on various social VR platforms and virtual worlds, and in the communities that spring up around them. And about how I have covered them here on this blog. Sometimes you have to take time to reflect on what you’re doing, and how you’re doing it. Otherwise, you are blundering on, making the same mistakes over and over again.

Trying to find balance as a blogger is difficult. You can write something that, to your eyes, looks like it’s a balanced treatment of something, and be criticized by someone who thinks it’s unbalanced, biased, and unfair. You can quote somebody, and then be attacked by someone who thinks that you are spreading misinformation, because that’s not how they see things!

Look, people. The best I can do is my best, and that will almost certainly fall short of somebody’s expectations. I’m only human, I have my own set of biases, and when I fuck up, I own it, I admit it, and I apologize to the person or people I have offended, and move on.

I am not beholden to any of the companies that I write about, praise, and criticize. If I have any sort of relationship with a company, I am up front about it (as I did when I wrote about the Decentraland Game Jam; I had an affiliate link which I described in detail here, and I linked to that blogpost whenever I wrote a blogpost that included that affiliate link).

Yes, I have been critical—even downright sarcastic—in my evaluation of some platforms. Frankly, sometimes they deserve the criticism. I reserve the right to talk about how I see things happening, from my own perspective. And at times I have offered people who don’t like what I have written an opportunity to address that, in their own words, either as an update to the original blogpost, or as a guest editorial on my blog.

One platform owner wants to debate me on what I have written in an unedited video livestream, and that is where I absolutely draw the line. I explained to him that I do not do livestreams, as I prefer to release edited video content, like the episodes of Metaverse Newscast I do with my cameraman and producer, Andrew William. (In this particular case, I also offered to film an upcoming episode of the Metaverse Newscast about his platform, but he felt that that would take too long.)

At this point, after two years of blogging, I probably have any number of people who are unhappy, upset or angry with me for something I’ve written here. And you know what? I’m OK with that. I am not going to please everybody. And I am not going to go beyond a reasonable attempt to appease those who are unhappy, and who tell me they are unhappy, and who may even angrily rip a strip off me for what I’ve said or how I’ve said it.

Frankly, I am close to the point where I am fed up, and I am quite ready to completely write off a couple of platforms, no longer writing about them at all on this blog. (And I am quite sure some people involved with those platforms would probably welcome this.)

Finding balance is hard. Writing a blog is hard work. I will continue to admit when I make a mistake, where and when it is pointed out to me, and if I can see and appreciate where that person is coming from. I will try to make amends when I fuck up. But I do have my limits.

That’s all I have to say tonight.

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Some Days…

And this is exactly where I should have stayed today, safely away from the internet and people who are unhappy, upset, or angry at me for something I wrote on this blog!

Yes, I deleted an entire blogpost today, about one of the occupational hazards of being a blogger are how sometimes people get unhappy with what you write. And one of the people I wrote about (who feels I have been unfair to his platform) then messaged me to tell me that he was unhappy that I had said that he was unhappy! He ripped a strip off me for that.

In retrospect, I totally fucked up by even saying publicly that I had talked with him at all today, and mentioning him in that blogpost.

So I apologized, and then I deleted the entire blogpost. It’s gone.

And this was after I had to calm down somebody else who was genuinely upset and angry about something I wrote, and who tore a strip off me as well via direct messaging on Discord.

You know what? I am going back to bed, pulling the covers over my head, and staying there.

VRChat Pick of the Day: Virtual Market 3

This evening, Jin led a group tour of various worlds associated with the Japanese anime avatar market, Virtual Market 3 (I blogged about Virtual Market 2 here). Once again, it was a truly mind-blowing experience.

CastelloMagica Hall at Virtual Market 3

Our group visited several worlds, each with a different theme, each with dozens of vendor booths selling avatars and avatar accessories:

Jin took this picture of us visiting the Shibuya by Night world at Virtual Market 3

Virtual Market 3 is on only on from Sept. 21st to Sept. 25th, so hurry down!

Oh, and did I mention? 7-11 is an official sponsor of the event! There’s a Japanese 7-11 store in each world of the Virtual Market!

Sam Tucker Takes On Somnium Space

Sam Tucker is a comedian who makes YouTube videos about technology. His YouTube channel, called SAMTIME, has nearly 200,000 subscribers.

Today, Sam released his latest video, a rather funny look at the social VR platform Somnium Space, titled Virtual Real Estate! The Only House Millennials Can Afford!:

Even if you know nothing about Somnium Space, I still recommend you watch this video. Sam actually does a pretty good job of describing Somnium Space’s features, while gently poking fun at things such as that “Live Forever” feature which (let’s face it) is such an easy target to make fun of.

And I cackled with laughter at the wickedly clever insertion of an infamous clip from the Bitconnect blockchain-based Ponzi scheme promotional video, when Sam talks about “the security of blockchain” near the beginning of this video! Sam certainly knows his references, and that tiny little detail is something only a crypto geek would catch, and I loved it! So shady, Sam!

“BITCONNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECT!!!!”

And if you are not familiar with the Bitconnect meme, here it is in all its glory:

Somnium Space may have been a sponsor of this video, but I’m not entirely sure that the company really knew what they were getting into with Sam Tucker! Still, it’s a very funny, well-done video, and any promotion is good promotion, right?