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    Stories from Second Life

    “We Are Not Just Constructing a Game, but Also a Country”



    “We Are Not Just Constructing a Game, but Also a Country”

                             Political events in Second Life

                                                         By Susie Chun

    “Put up your hands! FBI! ” An armed man broke into a house and shouted. Maybe you have got used to it in movies, but have you ever thought this scene may appear in Second Life one day? Since it’s not amazing to see BMW Corporation or Columbia University in Second Life, it’s also reasonable for FBI to set an agent in the virtual world, too.

    The existence of terrorism isn’t just a supposition. The branch of Australian Broadcasting Corporation was once attacked. Some radical Muslim terrorism organizations were suspected to be related to the raid. The staff claimed that the some attackers were “Playboys” that reincarnated into Second Life Liberation Army.

    Law executors of many countries worried that terrorists may take advantage of the game to handle funding, distribute radical ideas or expand their organizations. What is worse, the attacks that happened online may be just a maneuver for reality.

    Although there’s no country, political organizations that hold different believes and police force that maintains safety still exist in this virtual environment. Take the mysterious Second Life Liberation Army that mentioned above for instance, it is said that this organization is fighting for basic political rights of the residents in Second Life. It holds the opinion that every significant issue should be determined by the residents instead of by the Linden Laboratory.

    Besides, residents may gather and struggle for all kinds of purpose. They may fight for or against globalization, capitalism, nuclear war or current policy, no matter actual or virtual. Everything that you think can only take place in reality will also happen here. Just as Philip Rosedale, the creator of Second Life said, we are not just constructing a game, but also a country.

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