Just as is found in real life, Linden Lab’s Second Life has different classes of people, or avatars as were.
In America, the class system is pretty easy to recognize. Broadly speaking, you have three classes of citizens:
The Ruling Class – Corporate heads, politicians, judges, etc.
The Working Class – anyone with a job living paycheck to pay check!
The Lower Class – Anyone not working, retired or who is an papered alien.
Note that this list is by no means complete as there are many striations within a class (the working poor for instance) and even some that are outside of the three named here. (For instance, many people might consider criminals as a class all to their own). Ahem…
Second Life also has a kinda sorta class structure or social ladder, if you will. And, without further ado, here they are:
The Elite – This class comprises the big time SL players who own entire sims and who actually make large sums of money over time. On the good side, they build a lot of fine malls, homes and parks for all to enjoy! You rarely see them in-world…
The Skimmers – These are the small shop owners, bar dancers, instructors and those avatars who actually make stuff that others want to buy. As a class, they generally either break even or come out slightly ahead at the end of the year.
The Average Joe’s – These avatars comprise the true meat and potatoes of SL, for it is these guys and gals that are by far the most numerous and upon whom the other classes feed and grow. Their purpose is to wander around in tight little social circles and to buy stuff. Eventually, they may morph into Dick’s and or Skimmers.
The Dicks – It’s hard to miss this class of miscreants – Its’ mostly it’s comprised of male avatars running around with penis attachments swinging out of their little fake groins. They’re purpose in SL is to screw and get screwed by other avatars, which they do time and again! (This class also gets screwed by other avatars like the Elite on a more or less full time basis).
If these classes were grouped into a pie chart, it might look like the one at right! The trouble with Second Life in 2014 is that the Average Joe’s numbers are shrinking dramatically almost every day – pretty soon those account holders will get so low in numbers that even the Skimmers and the Elite will depart as there would be no one left to feed on.
Sadly, that will leave only the Dick’s which, now that I think of it……… pretty much describes the United States today!