Monday, November 05, 2007

Paul Levinson in Second Life!

This pic was taken a few minutes before the lecture was about to start which probably explains why some of the new arrivals were feeling (and looking) a bit gray before realizing that someone would be available to manually hand out the refreshments ;-)

Hey there Global Villagers, C-Theorists, Media Eco-Warriors, Marshall Lawmakers and Straight 'n' Soft-Edged Levinheads!

I just found out about 2 hours before this event that the acclaimed media philosopher and sci-fi writer Paul Levinson (the heir apparent to Canadian Media-Megatron, Marshall McLuhan) was giving a special interview session for Ken Hubble's Media Ecology SL Talk Show series so despite all my backlog of unposted bloggettes left to manifest, I just HAD to attend this one.

As a quick side note, for all those from the LIVE Biennial, I PROMISE to begin digitizing the 6 hours worth of archived performances (that I curated two weeks ago already) tonight...I Promise!

Ok, phew! Now that I have that off my chest, I can now continue blogging about Paul's in-world talk...

I actually interviewed Paul once in Real Life (RL) for Intelligent Agent magazine in New York but is has been almost a decade (ca. 1999) since I last asked him all the hardest and most profound questions he ever had to deal with such as "where are the refreshments at this talk?", "please tell me more about your laggy Postman who was famous for going postal?" and "in what way does Zork III really blow Second Life like, totally out of the water in terms of full spectrum immersion?" ;-)

So anyways, yeah, I interviewed Paul wa y back in 1999...This interview is so moldy-old, I was even paranoid about the Y2K bug-induced doomsday scenario back then...whoa!

Well, enough about my clandestine freelance journalist CV, here are some pictographs to increase your intimate and interactive 2-dimensional experience... Looking at these pix below is almost like being there, eh? ;-)

Gradually, more audience members begin to arrive and it suddenly occurs to us to listen to Paul's voice using the audio stream and not via the embedded voice-chat application...ooops!

Wow! Celeste's Mondrian dress is cool! Hmmm...I have been wondering if the dude named "Mcluhan Allen" could possibly be Marshall's son Eric in RL.

This is almost the same pic except my friends Aurel Miles and Kid Kuhn added themselves to the audience roster :-) Speaking of friends, SLNN correspondent Esther Decuir also managed to attend this event.

I am not sure why I took this extra snapshot now...was it to show some more closted media-theorists arriving fashionably late? hmmmmm.... ;-)

This angle shows you a RL photo of Paul.

***UPDATE FROM THE FUTURE - I REMOVED THE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH PAUL LEVINSON BECAUSE IT OPENED AUTOMATICALLY AND WAS SLOWING DOWN MY BLOG PAGE TOO MUCH - TO VIEW THE VIDEO, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK HERE....***