Sunday, November 11, 2007

do real-life laws stretch into virtual worlds?

one of the things that has second life moving so quickly is the fact that there are very few regulations. obviously there are good things and bad things about having few regulations... but i was wondering how many real-life laws actually applied to things that happened in second life.

here's an interesting article i found. the author talks about the possibility of terrorist escaping wiretaps by using World of Warcraft or Second Life to make plans... because then they could always say "hey it's a virtual world, i was only PRETENDING". it brought up some great points, and i def. think this will probably be a bigger deal in the near future.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

facebook - so last election?

Sorry, 2008 candidates. Your Facebook and MySpace accounts are so last campaign season. The newest trend this election season? Campaigning outside of reality.

“The potential for Second Life is very big,” said Justin Hamilton, Miller’s deputy chief of staff. “It’s a fascinating way to interact, and we can reach quite a few people.”

Not enough, apparently, to convince Clinton, Obama and Edwards to pay much attention. All three presidential hopefuls’ campaigns have instead focused on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

another great quote:
It's intense. You have to download something.

"Pols Get Second Chance To Connect Online"

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

marketing social media tools

here's what e-consultancy has to say about second life:

# Do longer term projects on Second Life as its not the environment where you get rapid spikes of traffic unless...

# get God to turn up as Random House did when marketing Richard Dawkins 'The God Delusion' in Second Life. A great book and a great piece of marketing.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

the red and black

we were in our college's newspaper, the red & black today.

they wouldn't have covered it, except Second Life is becoming such a buzz word i think they felt like they had to.

"I encourage students to take the class because this is a medium that is evolving and I think that students enjoy learning about things as they happen - being a pioneer."

the full article

Monday, November 5, 2007

the pursuit of happiness

This is not a passing fad. There are a number of other online services and virtual worlds that are growing in popularity. There are indications that Google and Microsoft may also be releasing their own virtual worlds to rival Second Life. And it is reported that $1 billion has been spent on the development of 35 different virtual worlds in just the past year. Additionally, $15 million has been spent on advertising within these programs in 2006, with this figure projected to be $150 million by 2012.

The author of this article talks about why people are motivated to spend hours behind a computer screen-- and it really just comes down to the fact that the computer screen offers an instant "comfort zone". It's also a way for people to essentially run away from their problems, albeit temporary.

People are literally leaving reality behind and living in a fantasy world.

Via RealTruth.Org

Friday, November 2, 2007


CSI: NY did an episode about a killing that was being investigated through both Second Life and real life. It was kinda interesting-- The worst (best?) part was they left the ending up to viewers and you were supposed to log onto SL and figure out the mystery/investigate in the virtual world.

i'm wondering if SL had to pay for that.

the genius part about the set-up was that the essentially eliminated Orientation Island and gave you a quick and easy way to get in world.

a random local paper covering the story

Thursday, November 1, 2007

pedophile playground

Every lifestyle group has its own place in the virtual world "Second Life" — including, apparently, pedophiles.

from Fox News