I don’t think I’m raining on anyone’s parade to say that the next issue of SLN is going to be focusing on ‘non-white/western attitudes to naturism’. Why? We’ve got a healthy number of readers from across Asia. If we accept the Bosphorus River (it spearates the two halves of Istanbul, Turkey, with west Istanbul perceived as being in Euroe, east Istanbul in Asia) as the gateway to Asia, then the continent is massive, from the Bosphorus River to Taiwan.
In between? The Indian sub-continent and China. Both will make their mark on the SL & RL global economy in the next ten years, mark my words. In fact, I do believe we shall see a seismic shift in the thrust of SL over the next decade, away from a US/western European axis, to that of an Asian one.
We already have sizeable Indian and a smaller Chinese SL community in world. These (as well as Brazil’s) will grow.
Some of you may remember that an ‘international’ issue of SLN was abandoned over a year ago. At the end of this month, we’re going to try again.
For the title of this post I’ve used Desi/Videsi (‘desi’ is pronounced ‘deshi’, as in Bangla-Desh‘) which references the ‘Desi’ (Indian) community and ‘Videsi’ (non-Indian). While it directly references India’s names for ‘domestic’ and ‘foreign’ groups (and products, and cultures) it could equally apply to other cultures and nationalities. Attitudes change between the indigenous population and ex-pats. And this can often be seen in changes to attitudes between a home-grown audience (the ‘desi’s) and the diaspora. Particularly with regard to issues of sexuality and naturism. Attitudes may vary between generations, between the Asian born parents and the western-born (or raised) children of immigrants.
With all of this (and more) in mind, we approach SLN10 as ‘the international edition’, and attempt to ‘get under the skin’ of non-western SL users. Explore their attitudes to life, in general, and to naturism (we are SL Naturist magazine, after all).
Arriving towards the end of the month, hopefully it may provide an insight into what makes non-western SL users tick, and where they see SL headed.
Ella adds….’Indeed, Babs. Work is well advanced on SLN10, and the expectation is of a Hallowe’en publishing date -since we don’t really grab Hallowe’en as a particularly great event, unlike much of the rest of the SL blogosphere. The international edition is one I’ve wanted to produce for a long time, and a prior attempt failed. Readers should note that we aren’t drilling down on ‘India’ as the focus, simply because of the Desi/Videsi title. The hope is to explore much of the non-western, white world, and how those users and readers find SL’.