My friend Ahuva recently ranted about something she read in another blog on the subject of “conformity” in Second Life avatar appearance. The OP (forumspeak for “original poster”) opined that the majority of people in SL lack sufficient imagination. She apparently based this conclusion on the premise “You can look like anything at all, so why remain so recognizably human — unless you’re too thick to think of anything more.”
When I read that blog, I wrote it off with a single “Pfft!” Granted, there are thousands of avvies logged in at any time of day whose choice of appearance tend toward “sides of beef on legs” for the males and “hyperinflated balloons on legs” for the females…
The Defense offers in evidence the following, taken in one place (Marx Dudek’s The Listening Room) during a single 3-hour session of Marxie herself spinning tunes from her vast (and vastly enviable) collection:
Further evidence can be found here… and that doesn’t include the photos of furry avatars I collected when I, too, was one. (Maybe I should put some of those back up…)
Careless use of a broad brush is more likely to splash back on the user.