No sooner that I had posted Avatars and Politics: Using Second Life for political activism? comes news of Le Pen’s National Front opening up an office on Second Life – the first political party in Europe to do so.
And, not entirely unexpected, there were riots to boot:
“The first night I arrived at the protest … it was ringed on all sides by protesters with signs to wave and statements to distribute,” wrote James Au, whose website, New World Notes, reports on events in Second Life. “By the second night I came … the conflict had become more literal, for many residents had armed themselves. Multi-coloured explosions and constant gunfire shredded the air of Porcupine.” Some activists threw exploding pigs.”
There are some photos of the virtual political office posted here (with some interesting comments by visitors as well.)
I wonder when the first Second Life political assassination will take place, and how we will deal with it?
Online Violence : Take 2