A Second ‘Second Life’: Facebook Horizon

“Welcome to Facebook Horizon, an ever-expanding VR world where you can explore, play, and create in extraordinary ways. At Horizon, you’re not just discovering a new world, you are part of what makes it great.”

Facebook Horizon

At first glance, Horizon seems like a modernized Second Life, a first-person Sims, a fulfillment of the intentions of AltspaceVR and a competitor to PlayStation’s PSVR Dreams and cross-platfrom kids’ favorite Roblox. Back in 2016, Facebook was giving every new Oculus employee a copy of the Ready Player One novel. It seems they’ve been busy building that world since then.

Facebook Horizon will start centralized around a town square. Before people step in, they can choose how they look and what they wear from an expansive and inclusive set of avatar tools. From inside VR, users will be able to use the Horizon World Builder to create gaming arenas, vacation chillspots and activities to fill them without the need to know how to code.

-Josh Constine, “Facebook announces Horizon, a VR massive-multiplayer world.” Techcrunch.com. September 25, 2019.

Imagine. An entire world mediated by Facebook, where they monetize your creativity for their profit.

9 thoughts on “A Second ‘Second Life’: Facebook Horizon

  1. I have printed it out (hate reading long pieces online) busy few days coming up but I will read it.

    Read the first few paragraphs and it does speak to me, I really do feel that we each have our own unique piece of the puzzle and to not find that piece and add it to the big picture is a loss on some level for everyone.

    Just to add it…..our offering, no “us and them” no “right and wrong” and especially no “fixing” just adding one thread to the tapestry. I really like the title “Get your own Show”

    Thank you.

  2. Your site it unique in the ones I follow…..every other one is some form of creative writing, either poetry, short or longer fiction, some memoir(ish) non fiction. The comments that I share with them ‘sometimes’ extends to more esoteric conversations that stem from (what I perceive) as the intent of what they have written.

    Mainly if something really moves me I will quote the lines that jumped out at me and comment on how that affected me. There are a few people whose work is so raw and open and vulnerable and that touches something in me that I will comment on. There are one or two that I have had a personal conversation with.

    I think because you post so many different things many of which I read and that interest me it is good to have someone to talk/comment to about those subjects. It helps that although we do not always agree we seem to be somewhat on the same page. When I click on to your site from my email I don’t have the option to “Like” it, so I sometimes end up commenting. If I see it when I scroll on Reader I have th option to “Like” it . I am looking at Reader more these days, there is so much good work on there to read.

    So to answer your question, no it is not typical, probably because the nature of your blog is not typical of the ones I follow. It opens up opportunity for conversations that the blogs that have other people’s creative efforts on them don’t.

    1. I imagine there might not be a lot of room for discussion on creative blogs, because there’s so much variety in what people are doing. Probably better to be doing it than talking about it anyway, I guess.

      This one is just stuff I think is interesting, a kind of outsourced memory, with some minor creative work thrown in. I followed Kottke, bookofjoe and others in this space for a long time, and I guess it’s a type.

      Anyway, glad you find some of it interesting. It’s also good to know that I’m not so deep in the long tail that it all seems like esoterica.

      1. I am very new to blogs and as I said never really used Facebook so I am just sort of feeling my way around here.

        I just looked up the two blogs you mentioned and I see what you mean about type. On one of them he said that it was good to post on a regular basis, that readers like that. I just write when I am inspired and so my posts are sort of random. I am still unsure if I should post just poetry or prose, shorter or long pieces, I am just finding my voice.

  3. I watched the trailer….yes, just imagine. At least with only half a body available ( at least in the trailer) that would keep things cereabral.:)
    You may have noticed I have been commenting more than usual, I think I am avoiding writing…..

    1. Comments are a form of writing. Feel free to comment away if you like. I won’t always respond because I’m pressed for time for some reason, but I do read every comment.

      I stopped using Facebook in February 2017, right after starting to blog. Still think it was a very good decision on my part and while I don’t proselytize about it (except here) I do think it’s best to go without it, if you can (also recognizing that not using Facebook is a privilege that some cannot afford).

      1. It has its uses. I found it particularly good for finding out about local events. But, the fact it was a platform for subtle manipulation of people and seemed to drive some people into consistent asshole behavior convinced me to stop using it. Now, I’m starting to see some apps that provide some of Facebook’s functionality, such as Fever for local events in large cities around the world, so I hope these will work to undercut their business model and provide more choice.

        I don’t use WordPress as a social platform. I just started using Reader a little more consistently, but I’m still trying to figure out a way to use it that makes sense to me. Is the kind of conversation you have with me typical for you? I notice some people don’t comment, but they do use the like star a lot.

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