As much as I hate to criticize one of the few people in Washington who actually has the courage to take on the current administration, I have my doubts about Dennis Kucinich’s entry into Second Life.

Kucinich almost makes me wish I was a Democrat.

It’s been a while since a real live politician created an avatar and spent some time in Second Life. Despite all of the hype about using virtual worlds as a political platform, we’ve seen surprisingly little in the way of real world politics in SL.

If Newt Gingrich has is way, all of this will change. I had an opportunity to attend Newt’s press conference on the steps of the virtual capital hill a couple weeks ago. My full report is on Medialoper.

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.

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.

Election season has begun in the land of the rising sun, and that can only mean one thing — candidates are no longer allowed to update their websites. Kan Suzuki has even shuttered his Second Life headquarters.

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:

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?

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 like that can only work for so long.

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 diem” doesn’t mean “per word”.

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.

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