Child Soldiers in Second Life

Just came across this:

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It just took place in Teen Second Life, and was covered here. After covering the Virtual Darfur build in my film about Second Lif e, and finding no one there, it’s encouraging to see SL being used to connect teens to politics and international issues.

I just talked to a reporter about politics and SL today, and she was simultaneously making fun of it and flabbergasted by it. Like a lot of people, she wanted to know if it is the next big thing to replace MySpace or if it’s dying a slow death. Black and white. I said that although we don’t know what the specific future of SL might be, there’s no way of predicting the eventual impact of networked 3-D spaces; it’s still be less than 15 years since the web showed up.

When we go to a politician’s build or a sparsely attended event in SL, we want to make some sort of generalization about it’s irrelevance. But it isn’t that easy; events like the above show us that, for physically dispersed people looking to connect, it can be a very compelling tool

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