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18 Years and counting...Got SL News? Get it Published! Contact Lanai Jarrico at
Showing posts with label news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label news. Show all posts

Saturday, October 26, 2019

GeekSpeak – Fake News! What is it? How do we deal with it? Join the Discussion Saturday Oct. 26th at 12pm SLT

 We hear about fake news more and more these days.  But what is it?  Do we have to deal with ‘alternative facts’, in the words of KellyAnne Conway?  Do we need a Ministry of Truth in Facebook?  Is there any way to guarantee that some news is not fake?
Do we have to live in a world where fake news is always possible?  Have we always lived in such a world?  Will we forever live in a world where you have to accept the possibility that you are acting on fake news?
Could there be an AI that would determine that all the news you get is real?  Would you trust it?
Come to GeekSpeak to discuss reality in the news rooms.  Bring your friends.
IM Vulcan Viper if you have any ideas for new subjects.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The SL Enquirer turns 12 Years Old Today!

Open Letter to SLE Fans from Lanai Jarrico

WOW! Has it really been 12 years??? I can’t believe how time flies when you are having fun.
 I am proud to see SLE still standing tall amongst the media sources used by Second Life residents today.  With over 3700+ articles, 18+ millions views on Google+ and blogger and thousands of followers on social media. We have certainly staked our claim as the longest running independantly owned virtual world news source on the planet!

 I can remember the first day I launched the original TSO Enquirer in The Sims Online, on October 4th 2004. It was a random fluke just to entertain a couple of online friends.

  I’ve been engaged in virtual world news for 12 years, 7 months, and 6 days, but who’s counting. Not only is it 12 years for the newspaper but it is coincidentally my SL rezzday.

Every year, I’ve hosted a big event to mark our anniversary. They have always been over the top extravagant parties with lineups of top musicians, luxurious giveaways and sim-crashing turn outs. (Included a Linden or two hiding in the bushes watching the festivities).

For the past 2 years, I’ve celebrated modestly and just reflected on just how far SLE has come. I am humbled by the outpouring of love and support.

 It truly is amazing when I think back to the day I thought it would be “cool” to write about my experiences and share them with my circle of friends. Little did I know my friends would share it with their friends and their friends would share it with others. Going viral wasn’t something I set my initial goal out to do but it lead too so much more- not just in my virtual world experience but it cultivated great things in my real life. 

 I think I owe a great big thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey, including a couple of griefers. Let me start with my first inspiration. He was a Gorean Role-player. At the time I had no clue what that was but my encounter with him was what set this whole media thing in motion.

 I cannot explain the situation verbatim but I will say that he was exceptionally rude and belittled me as if I was beneath his foot. I didn’t understand that was the mindset of Gorean masters, all I can remember is being inspired to write about the encounter with a nice cheeky headline calling him a “Gonad”. That article became a hit with my friends who encouraged me to write more about the crazy things that were happening, so I did. 

Over time using humor in my writing, it attracted Mafia family role-players who were dominating The SIMS Online.  They had no real voice amongst the other families so they turned to “TSOE” as a bridge of communication. 

OHHHH the Mafia days! (Laughs)

 I have to admit, it was full of drama, mudslinging and war of words between the families. It boosted our readership. If it wasn’t for them, my news source may not have never found its way into the virtual world called Second Life.

It was nearing 2005 and many of my friends and readers were disappearing into this new virtual world. Some of the feedback I was getting was its too laggy… you need money to do anything and the sexual content was outrageous. I wasn’t convinced I wanted to check it out until French filmmakers contacted me to take part in a real world documentary project.  They flew to the US to meet with me over a 3 day period.  We did some filming and talking about Second Life. They suggested I migrate the news source to SL because people there were talking about my newspaper. So, I decided to check it out.

 On May 9th 2005, Lanai Jarrico was born with newspaper in hand. At first I was having a difficult time cutting through the lag and constant crashing, I had a shoe up my (BLEEP) and was extremely annoyed. My first real encounter with anyone other than the friends who greeted me upon my arrival was the shoemaker. I thought he was griefing me by causing the shoe to be lodged in a very unattractive position but he explained how to fix the problem and off I went on my Second Life adventure.

I really didn’t understand the big picture yet but I thought it was cool that I could design my own avatar any way I wanted. That was a big leap from the cookie cutter “Sims” characters I got to choose from in The SIMS Online.  I decided I wanted to look like a belly dancer, so I found a pink silks outfit with a veil. My hairdo was hideous but at the time but I thought I looked cute.

Little did I know I would encounter Goreans again… For some reason they kept approaching me for sex.  I was still a little wet behind the ears and couldn’t understand why until I realized… I was dressed like a Gorean slave girl.  To make a long story short, if it wasn’t for that look, I don’t know where I would have ended up. Within a month or two I was approached by photographers who wanted to take my picture. I said sure, and went about my business.

What happened about 6 months later took me by utter surprise.

 When that day was a faded memory, I was approached again by the photographers. They invited me to an exhibit in the Soho distric in New York City where my avatar along with 12 others was displayed on canvases throughout the Postmasters Gallery, while simultaneously an in world exhibition was happening at the same time. 

The exhibit was called “13 Most Beautiful Avatars” by Ava and Franco Mattes. Unbeknownst to me they happened to be real world artists and pioneers of Net Art, operating under the pseudonym

I went to NY that day and it was there that I realized, Second Life was not just a game, it was full of creative people sharing their skills on a global scale. I wasn’t at the event promoting The SL Enquirer (by this time I had crossed completely over and changed the name) but people knew Lanai Jarrico.  They were approaching me and shaking my hand. I even had a real reporter following me around trying to conduct an interview until I excused myself to the restroom and tried to hide in the crowd.  The whole experience seemed surreal but it was a lot of fun.

If it wasn’t for those unique chance encounters, I don’t know if The SL Enquirer would have grown as fast as it did, but I am glad it did. It taught me so much and led me to grow tremendously in my real life goals.


I learned how to build the foundation for what SLE is today by trial and error.  I built its reputation from the ground up all while learning the importance of professionalism with an entrepreneurial approach.

As you may know with attention comes haters and people who will say things to try to cut you down. I will never understand why some people treat others so cruel.  But rather than crumble to the negativity, I used the things they would say to prove to myself that I was not as they tried to make me seem. I was determined to build The SL Enquirer into something more than just my personal open diary. I wanted to give other writers a platform to share Second Life through their eyes too.

 One woman, whom I didn’t know, told a mutual friend that the paper would fail because I was “uneducated”.  Her reasoning was that I had no real professional writing or journalism experience or degree. That part was true. I wasn’t “educated” in media, but that didn’t diminish what I was capable of or what I loved to do.

She was my inspiration for enrolling into college and getting my bachelors of Science degree with a concentration in Communication and Technology. The perfect combination for what I do.

Sorry, couldnt help myself lol

If she is reading this, here is my sincere thank you. I can now say, I am educated to the standards that others may think matters when it comes to using true inner creativity and just being good at whatever it is you do.

I think it is safe to say with 12 years under my belt, I am a professional blogger aside from a real world position as an Operations Manager. 

From as far back as I could remember my love for writing came natural. When I had something I needed to release from my thoughts. I jotted it down, wrote it out and typed it up.  It has always been my artistic therapy and it still makes me happy to share it with whoever wants to read about whatever it is that inspires me. I haven't been writing too much theses days cause life has gotten busy and managing SLE behind the scenes takes a lot of my time but my passion remains.

 I cannot express in words the feeling it is to write alone in solitude and look up and realize there is an audience. To say the least, it has been a spectacular decade of experiences in Second Life with lots of wonderful memories created, crazy situations, funny episodes, dramatic moments, heartwarming stories and a lot of amazing people I have met on this unique journey.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all for your continued support by being a true friend and believing in me, every readers who has commented and shared articles, my writing team for contriuting their journeys and advertisers for helping support what we do. 

 It is because of you that SLE continues to thrive.  I am inspired to keep doing what I love, meeting new people, exploring creative places and just having fun while providing a source that has withstood the test of time. 

I look forward to seeing what the future holds for SLE as well as Second Life and I hope you come along with me for the ride.

With Love,
Lanai Jarrico

CEO, The SL Enquirer

Saturday, September 13, 2014

For Immediate Release: Virtually News with AvaJean Westland Premieres September 13th at 2pm SLT



Virtually News with AvaJean Westland” is a mock/spoof news piece machinima created by actress/writer Gameela Wright. Filmed exclusively in Second Life, in the vein of SNL’s “Weekend Update” and “The Onion News Network,” AvaJean’s irreverent take on current events and pop culture pushes the boundaries while using animation as the filter.

“Virtually News with AvaJean Westland” will premiere on YouTube, Vimeo and SLartist Saturday, September 13th 2014. For those of you in Second Life, please join AvaJean  along with the talented voice actors and avatar puppeteers who brought this “News Piece” to life at the in-world premiere!

When: Saturday,  September 13th 2014 at 2:00pm SLT
Where: Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) Theater

For more information, contact AvaJean Westland in world or

Virtual Girl Productions

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SL Newser Celebrates 4 Years in Second Life- Interview with Bixyl Shiftan- Lanai Jarrico Reporting…

SL Newser is a community news source that covers various topics, events, tech news, features and comics focusing on activities that occur in the virtual world Second life.

 Owned and operated by Bixyl Shuftan, it is one of the popular media sources that keep SL residents in the know. 4 years is a great milestone and The SL Enquirer family tips their virtual pens to a fellow media source. Congrats to SL Newser!

  SLE sat down with Bixyl to look back on the past 4 years.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Groups and Perks in Second Life- Tea Couturier Reporting...

Joining groups is a must in Second Life for keeping up with  activities at your favorite places to party, shop or just hang out.  

However, we can never have enough space for them. So when choosing to join a group you have to look at the benefits. Ask yourself what are the perks and is it worth joining.

177,322 is an enormous number of groups to sort through. Here are just a few great groups which offer nice perks you may need for your Second Life.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SLE Stats from November 3- December 3rd are in!

Statistics show that SLE's readership continues to climb with an increase of over 3500 page views in one month!

Below are some of the top articles read last month!


As SLE approaches a new year, we would love your feedback so be sure to use the comment box below or under any of the articles you read on this website. Our goal is to provided top notch news and articles that YOU, the reader would like to see in upcoming headlines.

Thank you for your continued support of The SL Enquirer. 
-Lanai Jarrico

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

SL Newser: Commentary: Should Bad News Not be Told?- Bixyl Shuftan Reporting..

This summer, we got contacted by a reader concerning some articles we were reading. It wasn't about accuracy, but rather the content. We had published some articles about residents being less than pleasant to others, and she expressed worry that we were making the Grid less attractive to those who hadn't yet tried Second Life, and would be steered away from giving it a try.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

SL Newser News Tidbits


BURN2 invites you to a Town Hall on July 13, 2013, at 9 a.m. SLT and again at 6 p.m. SLT on the virtual playa 

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Ub Yifu – RFL Designer Builder-While at the Relay for Life track, DrFran Babcock ran into one of the more interesting builders, Ub Yifu. Going about in his one of a kind avatar, Ub had been busy at work on one of the Relay's designer sims. He talked to DrFran about how he came to Second Life, his work as a 3-D artist, and his build at the Relay.

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Club Vitual Insanity- "Because We're All Mad Here." That's the motto of a club I was recently shown around, Club Virtual Insanity. Sitting on a sky platform high over the Twilight Shadows sim, the club offers parties six out of seven days a week, with a variety of music genres played.  Read More