On Wednesday, March 6th, 2019, Linden Lab launched another new video series: Second Life Destinations, highlighting locations across the grid that residents might like to visit. The series is intended to be issued on a weekly basis and the Lab notes:
In this series, we’ll highlight different places focusing in on the beauty and imaginative possibilities in no more than 60-90 seconds so that you can get a quick peek at the creations and communities inside each virtual space. At times we may even speak to creators of theses spaces so they can shed some light on what inspired them. Look for each new episode on our blog and social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
For the first in the series, the Lab visit The Pen, Bay City’s beatnik hang-out operated by Marianne McCann, home to a range of activities include Marianne’s regular “Expresso Yourself” events, where the microphone is opened to visitors to express themselves in words (prose or poetry) or song on the first Tuesday of the month between 18:00 and 20:00 SLT.
The Pen was recently the venue for Marianne’s 13th rezday celebrations, and these are the focus of the video, which includes the voice of singer Grace MacDonnogh, a long-time friend who has a wonderfully mellow way with music and lyrics.
As a seasoned SL travel writer (and videographer when my PC decides to behave itself), I admit to finding myself caught between two conflicting feelings regarding this new series. On the one hand, there are a lot of people like me in the blogging community: we may not all focus on blogging destinations (although equally, some do), but considerable effort goes into writing-up places and taking photos / producing videos. Give all that, a series like this might be felt as coming a little close to treading on toes. On the other hand, the series is intended to be limited to 60-90 seconds, and as such it shouldn’t really impact on the work done by videographers and bloggers.
Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to see how the series develops. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the first, which demonstrates the potential innocuousness of the series.