In a recent article at SecondOpinion titled As We See It, SL Voice: Another Valuable Choice, LindenLabs respond to concerns about deaf exclusion, by listing the disabilities that will be enabled by the introduction of voice.

The question is not, for me, whether voice will be useful to people with various disabilities (the article has thoughtfully included a list).

The question is ‘what will become the norm, the dominant, the preferred, efficient and ‘normal’ in Second Life?’.

Rather like when, in the same article, it is asserted that ‘Most educators would agree that learning is better facilitated between individuals with voice’.



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