More on this from Anthony Tan in their piece Life in the Metaverse.
# Expression of Self
LGBT community – exploring gender identity. Super easy to express this online, and flexibility to do this more safely in an online space.
When form is fluid, stereotypes, beauty, body standards, and gender norms become less restrictive. It’s harder to judge people’s appearances when you can choose exactly how you look.
# Reality privilege
- Can explore things, can get fully immersed in a virtual world safely
- Don’t have the same privilege online
- Is the concept of utopia only a reality for those who can afford to not worry about physiological health? Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
# Money and Corporations
What about economies within these metaverses? These feel important for compensating creators (via monetary incentives) and running underlying infrastructure.
“Financialization is only a means to better interactions, lives, and communities — and it should never limit or exploit those ends.” Source
How related is this to all of the financial incentives within web3 in particular and how rooted in money the whole crypto world is?