Staying on top of technology trends is like running to stand still: things are always in flux, with new applications replacing old standbys at an increasingly rapid pace (this has been especially true since the so-called Web 2.0 revolution that has made Internet startups cool again–see TechCrunch for a great blog on this). One way I try to stay on top of at least a few things is by reading Wired, the self-consciously hip and occasionally ridiculous magazine about technology, the future, and whatever else strikes it fancy at the moment. Anyway, I just got my issue of Wired’s Geekipedia (online version here), an encyclopedia of all things cool, trendy, and useful in technology and culture.
With all the media buzz around Second Life, the massively multi-player environment with nearly 10 million residents, you would think that Wired would include an entry in Geekipedia. After all, the popular Internet radio site Pandora gets a spot, as does Guitar Hero and Twitter (my students would be glad to see separate entries on podcasting and RSS). But while MMORPGs like Everquest are mentioned, there is nothing about Second Life or the founding company Linden Lab–and this despite Wired’s extensive coverage of Second Life a few issues ago.
So, does Wired know something we don’t? Or is it that Second Life has lost its cachet with the ultra-hip crowd? Man, just when I was getting my avatar to look good . . .