Not for nothing, but.
EDIT: 11:46pm 10/17/10
Based on this post from Jim, I need to modify some of what Ive said here. I was wrong about the voting part (and I apologize unreservedly about that- I truly thought this was Philip’s call all along.) I think Jim’s post on this is quite good. I don’t agree with all of it- I don’t agree that this was ever a good idea (Oh I see it from a PR standpoint, but I think it was a terrible idea for the very reasons it turned out to be.) But I think that if you’re going to make an argument based on the contest and PR mechanics, it’s completely valid, and in fact totally correct. Again, I apologize for my comments about the voting process and contest mechanics.
That does NOT change my vehement disagreement with those who are *NOT* disputing this over the contest mechanics but are simply criticizing the avatar itself. My point is about body autonomy, and body politics, not about the contest itself(again, I think the entire contest idea was colossally STUPID and I am amazed that anyone ever agreed to it.). It is a bigger issue than this contest. Much larger. And frankly, much more important.
By the way, in design, the only before/after photos that matter are the ones taken at the SAME ANGLES as one another. What Philip ultimately chose (and again, I have no opinion on it aesthetically, as I just don’t give a damn), is the avatar equivalent of that process. It’s essentially the same visual, but with greatly improved technology. It shows from a technological standpoint how SL has changed. It provides the same baseline frame of reference. As a *design reference*, it is successful.
As a personal expression, I still maintain that choice is his and his alone.
I am leaving the original post below unedited, because I believe in “you wrote it, you leave it.” But I wanted to put this edit at the top so this info is known before hitting that.
So, Philip Linden decided what he wanted his avatar to look like. For those not paying close attention, he had a little contest whereby people could design his new avatar look. So here’s the change, from Philip Rosedale IRL, to Philip Linden 1.0 to Philip Linden 2.0
Already, there’s been people bitching. They don’t like it. They’re criticizing everything, including the fact that he hasn’t changed his outfit. You know what?
Don’t we have enough body/fashion policing in real life? Really? Do we have to bring this trifling shit into SL also? It’s not bad enough IRL? Isn’t this one of those things people go into SL to AVOID?
The only person who has to LIKE the avatar is PHILIP. It’s HIS representation.
I don’t give a shit if he wants to walk around looking like a box of cream cheese. It’s HIS avatar and his virtual body is a dictatorship of ONE. JUST LIKE IN REAL LIFE. He doesn’t owe anyone jack or shit in regards to how his avatar looks. Period.
And neither does anyone else. (oh and let me be clear, that IS in fact directed to all of you who pitched a bitch when Dare changed his avatar so it looked like him IRL. You all can fuck off too.)