The Feted Inner Core (or FIC) is the creation of the popular virtual world antagonist Prokofy Neva. FIC is akin to the virtual world illuminati, and best described as those people who are “deemed” as Second Life elite, cool kids, and popular figures. In one way, FIC is like the A list for celebrities, you do have a target on your back. Prokofy has begun a yearly tradition of naming people onto the FIC, adding and removing as necessary. While the FIC list is completely subjective, it has become one of the most talked about references of who’s who in Second Life.
Historically, the FIC and Prokofy don’t get along, and that’s describing the situation in a nicely. There have been many unwarranted verbal attacks, arguments, and heated disagreements from Prokofy to those on FIC. If anything, this list is a list of those who Prokofy is keeping a close eye on; people of the FIC should be warned.
Over the weekend, Prokofy has updated her list from last year, adding the 2.1 and 2.5 classes. With much honor, I am proud to announce that I’ve become a member of the new generation of FIC, FIC 2.5.
Now, there are a few things I find interesting about the new FIC list. The first is Prokofy seems to respect this new generation of FIC. Unlike the previous generations where the classifies them as fakes, power mongers, or the old guard fading into the past, Prokofy has nothing mean to say about 2.5 generation, other than they are on the FIC list. This is quite different from previous generations. Second Prokofy is not on this list. The reasoning for that is Prokofy has not received any Linden favors, or is not popular or cool kid enough. I tend to disagree. If anything Linden Lab is very aware, and weary of Prokofy, she has been their biggest protagonist. Certain policies, namely those concerning how to comment on the blog, forums, etc, has been created based solely on her actions. The FIC list has become a sign that you’re doing something right. So can the creator of such an influential list be exempt from it? I don’t think so. If anything, Prokofy is FIC 0.1, the originator.
Now that the FIC list has been revealed, what’s next? I have very little clue. While I generally disagree with Prokofy Neva, and even in some cases have been the target of attacks, I find the announcing of the FIC list amusing if not a nice barometer of whom is rising and falling. You can’t buy PR like that of Prokofy Neva and the FIC list. I’m not sure if being a part of the list means more attention, but it does mean that Prokofy is watching you. This could be a bad, or good thing.
Otherwise, I just think it’s pretty cool.