Talk to anyone about the cruelty pigs suffer in farming. About how the young piglets are dragged from their mothering sow and locked in a dark room where there is only enough room for them to stand up-right, squeezed in with hundreds of other piglets until they go blind and develop sores on their feet and you’ll find that nearly everyone will agree that the way we mass farm pigs is wrong and that more should be done to support free range farming as well as encourage farmers to adopt techniques which guarantee animals enjoyable and peaceful lives.
Ask them to stop supporting companies which encourage batch farming by giving up meat however and you’ll find them defensively putting their arm around their bacon sandwich and looking at you as if you were some kind of loony.
Such is Human nature. We are consumerists at heart, we don’t like the idea of giving up something we enjoy, even for ethical reasons without getting something in return. For most the idea of ‘giving up’ something is more a case of exchanging it for “Ethical Points” they can collect in order to be feel smugly superior to those who have less points or don’t collect. This is why Vegans are so unbearable at parties.
Of course tell Vegans that the business of Ethical Food is almost as large as Fast Food and the companies who support it are destroying rainforests to make way for Soya Bean and chickpea plantations which is killing off the Orangutan’s natural habitat as well as forcing large populations in Indonesia into slave labour and their minds cannot deal with the complexity of the real issue so they stare at you briefly then storm off to find someone to brag to about how they’ve never bought a plastic bag in nearly three months.
You may wonder where I’m going with this, read on.
The complexity of the Universe is too much for the average mind and therefore demands a simplistic answer. People are more likely to believe a Well told story or a marketing catch-phrase than they are a 200 page well-researched document by a revered college Professor. A Marketing Catchphrase is something quick that grabs your attention where as a 200 page document that has a lot of words you probably don’t understand requires time and effort to read, time which most of us don’t have.
Science is fully aware of this, it has been studied and documented very conclusively and is applied in area’s of learning in situations where it is required for someone to roughly know how something works without needing to know all the in’s and outs. It’s called “Lies to Children” and the best example is the Rainbow.
If I were to ask you how a rainbow was made you would probably talk to me about refraction, how the sunlight gets refracted into the various colours on the visible spectrum of light when it passes through a raindrop. We even have amusing little experiments to show this working, which is detailed on the front cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ a poster which appears in almost every college dorm.
This presents a very satisfactory answer to something which the average mind does not consider important. It is filed and forgotten about. Of course the more developed mind knows this is not how rainbows are formed. Raindrops are not triangular and the experiment does not compensate for the raindrops movement. but the actual way rainbows are formed is too complex to sum up in a paragraph, so light refraction is taught instead because it is the closest simple answer to the truth.
In Second Life Aviation our community has been fighting in the midst of a flame war that has gone on long past the point of anyone being able to care about it, yet on it continues. Certain individuals would have us believe that this entire thing is naught but a conspiracy weaved by the financial motivations of Dani’s competitors and like the cover of Dark Side of the Moon this would provide the simplistic explanation the average mind demands to the otherwise incredibly complex issue we face.
However since you’re reading this article and since this debate continues to be highlighted and discussed, with or without the “community leaders” permission, this would prove that the larger part of the Aviation community is not satisfied with the simplistic answer given by the pro-Dani crowd nor are they satisfied with the “Dani downloads, he is evil” argument of the Anti-Dani movement and so the debate continues.
I sit on the fence here, though I believe downloading without permission and copyboting is wrong I do not feel that ousting Daniels Fall witch-hunt style to a Public Lynching is the correct manner in which to deal with this situation. We are consistently told by the Anti-Dani movement that he is a talentless gibbon. His builds are copy-paste direct from the source with very little texture editing other than non-vectored Jpegs stretched over a pre-existing livery that came with the model. His scripts are freebie submarine scripts that work on negative buoyancy which push the Aircraft above sealevel as opposed to under it. Hence why his Aircraft have such odd physics, such as their amusing ability to topple over if everyone inside runs to the back while the breaks are off.
Supposing this was true then there would be no reason to purchase a Dani plane over something that was built from the ground-up, made with a true passion and scripted to perfection with all the bugs and errors frustratingly ironed out. Previously it was my understanding, and I covered that in this old article, whereby the current generation of builders that prefer to work with original mesh, built by them, have little to no understanding of the core demographic which makes up the SL Aviation Community and most, when told, feel it is beneath them to appeal to such a market. Anyone who wants a comfortable luxury jet, complete with champaign flutes and a sex bed, over some big belching prop plane from the 1940’s is not worth bothering about in their opinion.
When it came to fighting Dani the builders had only one plan. The same plan they execute with everyone else caught downloading, they exposed him as a downloader and sat pointing with a gleeful expression. It was the rest of the community, who watched as the hardliners deleted their Dani planes in disgust, said “does that mean I cannot use this plane? but I like it, why should I give it up, I don’t want too, why can’t we all just fly what we want for fun?” which is the prevailing mood of Aviation today. The first mistake of the Anti-Dani crowd was to, and still, assume people would stop using or buying Dani products simply because they were stolen off the internet.
In my Article “A Short rant about Dani and why you fucked up” I explained the only way to defeat someone like Daniel Falls was simply to out-compete him. Not by screaming, bitching and calling him names. Like the Vegans who traded their meat for Ethic points the Aviation Community was never going to be convinced to give up their Dani planes, planes they had been desperate for since they first took to the skies, for ethical reasons. Dani’s planes had to be replaced by better planes that people would want to buy. And since Dani was such a “talentless noob” such a feat would be easy for the clearly elitist builders that had somehow been so quickly de-throned.
When that article was published I was applauded in droves by the various builders, yet one by one they excused themselves stating that they couldn’t possibly be my target since they enjoyed appealing to the niche market and were comfortable with it. The few who genuinely took notice all began to work on large passenger jets but ultimately each one would fail to realise what was appealing about Dani’s planes and would fall back to the Hallmarks of what they thought it was. Superior Builds and Superior Scripts, with complicated Flight physics that took a long time to master. Of the five large passenger jets tipped for construction only Mick McKeenan’s 727 made it too the market as, one by one, the other builders slowly lost enthusiasm and went back to the small, obscure planes that they liked to dream about. If anything proving that the financial gains to be made from a Private Luxury jet from ZSK or a Boeing Passenger Jet built to the same standards as Tank’s Supercub were nowhere near as motivating as simply getting to build the plane they liked.
Also for the record I have no idea if Mick McKeenan was influenced in anyway by my article, we’ve never spoke.
On the other side the Pro-Dani crowd can hardly claim to have taken the moral high ground. Acting like a despot Dictator desperately trying to crush a rebellion they have excused themselves as people peacefully trying to protest while at the same time have employed the tactics of Censorship, Blackmail, Violent Threats, Greifing and have even spent considerable effort trying to hack this blog if the amount of times I’ve come home to find it’s randomly been locked due to “excessive failed password attempts” is anything to go by. Of course that is on the extreme end of things, the so-called Dani Cultists. The ones who sit poised at their keyboards with their eyes glued to the SL Aviation Group chat, ready to fly into a rage anytime Dani is mentioned or they see someone who’s name they recognise as being one of the Anti-Dani crowd and are arguably the group that has caused the most amount of Drama.
Where as the stupidity of the Anti-Dani crowd to assume everyone would flock to them in understanding as soon as the word “download” was mentioned it has been the naivety of the Pro-Dani crowd to assume everyone would flock to their side as soon as the word “Monopoly” was mentioned.
When Wilder Skies Aviation was banned from Aeronautica it was called a Monopoly, when Pirate Air got kicked out of the Blake Sea it was because Monopoly, Astral-Teks year long war with Amok was to prevent a Monopoly, When Jewels Silverbade stormed out of Olds AFB it was because Monopoly, In fact everything about Olds AFB was a Monopoly, it opened because Monopoly, it closed because Monopoly, When DOR and Flying Tigers split it was because Monopoly, When they got back together it was to prevent a Monopoly, when the Jeogeot Gulf formed it was called a Monopoly, when MCE was created it was because Monopoly, when VICE replaced TCS it was because Monopoly, when TCS replaced CCC it was because Monopoly, the SL Aviation group was created because Monopoly and the SL AVIATION GROUP was created to prevent said monopoly, Shana exists to prevent a monopoly and Luke Flywalker consistently supporters her to prevent a different Monopoly and well…the list goes on.
Essentially the word “Monopoly” is thrown about so many times rather than say “Blue Skies” to each other we should be saying “Pass Go”. It is the base line for the “I don’t have an argument” speech and is almost always used by greedy power grabbing individuals to justify their crusade against the rival one their close friends businesses. It is employed so many times because financial motivation is easy to prove and difficult to convince otherwise, an accusation of a monopoly requires no physical evidence beyond a simple explanation that If subject ‘A’ is financially motivated then can you imagine how much money they would make if everyone could only buy their products then without missing a beat we are told that this is why we must not buy subject ‘A’s’ products and instead support subject ‘B’ and buy their products to prevent said monopoly and “vote with our wallets”.
Of course like most forms of democracy the ones standing on their soapbox yelling it are only happy if you vote their way. If you don’t then you’re ignorant or stupid.
Thankfully for the “stupid” people of SL Aviation the term “Monopoly” no longer constitutes an argument and has started to become something of a joke term along the same lines as claiming everyone is an alt of someone else or calling somebody Gay. So for the first time in perhaps Second Life’s history the Cultists are being forced to put effort into their accusations and this is where it gets entertaining.
But before we get into what the biggest problem with the Dani Cultists is, I must first explain to you what I mean by a Community Leader and who or what this shadowy organisation is that I keep referring too. It’s very important that you understand what I mean when I’m talking about these people as most enjoy assuming I’m talking about them. Those people are wrong but I like to let them have their fun.
There is also some other things that need to be discussed in the meantime and I’ve written a lot already. So we’ll cut here and pick it up later.