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My Weekend at the YearlyKos Convention

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I spent the weekend attending the YearlyKos convention in Second Life. All-in-all it was better than flying to Chicago and staying in a hotel. YearlyKos is Dead, Long Live Netroots Nation

Unravelling the Kirby Scandal

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This has to qualify as one of the stranger stories I’ve covered. A political consultant gets a little too wrapped up in Second Life and ends up making a big mistake. The Sad and Twisted Saga of a Political Consultant’s Battle With Nintendo’s Kirby

Gravel Expands His Second Life Experiment

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Still the only official campaign in Second Life, the Gravel people have expanded their use of the virtual word to include voter polling. So? Well, for one, it’s currently the only polling the official campaign is doing. I cover the full story for Metaversed: Presidential Campaign Polling Comes To Second Life

Authors In Second Life

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In my second post for Booksquare I profile two different authors who are using Second Life to promote their work and connect with readers. Why drive across country on a book tour when you can do just as well from home in your pajamas? Living in a Writer’s Dream World

This Week I Talked to Too Many Lawyers

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I take a very detailed look at federal election laws and how they apply to online grassroots political activities. Then, for good measure, I apply those laws to the campaigns in Second Life. Most groups pass. One in particular may have problems — they’ve chosen to deal with those problems by avoiding me. A strategy […]

Do People Read In Virtual Worlds?

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I’m not sure they do, but publishers are exploring Second Life anyway. And with good cause. There’s plenty of opportunity to promote books and authors in SL. Not only that, it’s a great way for authors to connect with their readers. My first post for Booksquare. They don’t pay well either. It turns out “per […]

We’re Not in Pasadena Anymore

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Second Life can be a strange and foreign place. Mostly because everyone is from somewhere else — regardless of where you’re from. In this post I look at the global nature of SL. Campaigning In A Global Village

Finally, an Official Candidate Comes In World

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for. A real live presidential candidate authorizes his Second Life presence. Mike Gravel Meets the Metaverse

Note To Self: Virtual Parties Don’t Serve Booze

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I attend yet another Microsoft party. My first in Second Life. It’s an open bar, but the drinks are virtual. Then the want me to hunt for eggs. That’s really asking too much. My first report for Metaversed.com: Microsoft Plants a Flag On Virtual Soil

Campaign HQ’s Come and Go

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A slow period for the in world campaign groups affords me the time to speculate on some of the mysterious activities surrounding disappearing campaign headquarters. Also, I get attacked by an unhinged librarian. Like some of the campaign headquarters, she mysteriously vanishes when it becomes clear what a kook she really is. Politics In Second […]

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