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Drax Files confirms: The world should stop believing that Second Life residents are sad and socially inept!

Tiffany at home

By Cat Boccaccio.

I love fashion and dress up In Second Life (and I know you do too), so I was looking forward to the final cut of Draxtor Despres’ interview with Elie Spot, co-founder and proprietor of the Mayfair shops, Mon Tissu and Celoe. While it is fascinating to take a peek behind the scenes of one of Second Life’s most successful fashion houses, a main takeaway for me from Draxtor’s latest World Maker machinima is the observation of its subject, Elie Spot, who is puzzled at the popular misconception that virtual world denizens are “hiding” and somehow socially inept. She finds it strange and disconcerting that such generalizations are projected onto a “whole culture of people” who happen to converse and interact online.

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Fashion diva Elie Spot’s RL avatar, Tiffany Mitchell, has a robust, active and creative life in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a beautiful and successful business person in both worlds, hardly a troll sitting in front of a flickering computer screen in a darkened basement.

She discovered SL when she was 19, and a busy college calendar left little room for creative outlet. Her first visits to Second Life were “mind boggling”, both because of the immediate connections with people from different places and cultures, and the fact that SL is a place where “anyone can create anything.”

shop interior

Elie’s passion and imagination helped her build unique SL fashion brands with a global audience, an endeavour which has become her main source of income. This success seems to have leaked into her RL, providing the momentum to begin new and creative enterprises. Her view is that Second Life “intermeshes and mingles so well with your real life that it’s not this or that, it’s both.”

Draxtor’s World Maker series spotlights the movers and shakers in Second Life, but I believe his ultimate goal is to share the passion for this virtual world that he, the “World Makers”, and many of us everyday explorers and residents of Second Life share. Elie Spot is right, we can be and do what we choose. The opportunies for growth in Second Life are endless. The opportunities to relax and spend time away from the stresses of RL are endless too.

As  Elie says, “There is room for everyone.”

Visit  Mayfair  in Second Life.

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8 comments on “Drax Files confirms: The world should stop believing that Second Life residents are sad and socially inept!

  1. Christoph Burstup Weiss
    August 16, 2013

    Thanks for another great video, Drax! ❤

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  2. Mera
    August 17, 2013

    Reblogged this on The Eternal Sunshine of the Metaverse and commented:
    I reblog this because I very much approve of what she says and I dont agree with how the public makes prejudgments about worlds like this.
    “Fashion diva Elie Spot’s RL avatar, Tiffany Mitchell, has a robust, active and creative life in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a beautiful and successful business person in both worlds, hardly a troll sitting in front of a flickering computer screen in a darkened basement. – Read on:

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  3. Cloclo in SL...
    August 18, 2013

    Reblogged this on CloClo in Second Life and commented:
    J’avais posté un article pour partager le nouveau numéro Drax Files : “The Drax Files: World Makers [ Episode 9: Elie Spot]” et avais conclu par un “Un bon exemple, parmi d’autres, d’une bonne coexistence de la vie réelle avec Second Life.”. Je ne suis bien sur pas la seule à le penser
    Un reblog d’un article de SLUM Magazine

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  4. Mireille from Cesoirarts
    August 18, 2013

    I completely agree, and have been sharing this with everyone I know (in SL and RL, which means there are quite a few emails and IMs buzzing about – even though I can still hardly type from a bit of a wrist injury). Despite my limitations at the moment, I am going to share this post this too, following Chloé’s lead – which is always a good idea. (Hi, Chloé!)
    Thank you for this great article about this great episode of the great DRAX FILES! (Did I mention: it’s GREAT?!)
    Best to you – and thank you again!

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