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The Second Life Herald: The Virtual Tabloid That Witnessed the Dawn of the Metaverse

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Peter Ludlow and Mark Wallace take us behind the scenes of the The Herald as they report on the emergence of a fascinating universe of virtual spaces that will become the next generation of the World Wide Web; a 3-D environment that provides richer, more expressive interactions than the Web we know today.
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by MIT Press (MA)
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May 01, 2008 Sunni rated it liked it
Recommends it for: gamers, et al
Well, this was interesting. And not *quite* as lurid as the cover makes it out to be. One of my doctoral classes centered around the effect of virtual worlds and so I found this fascinating, especially about 10 years post that class. Second Life has exploded in that time.

The implications of these worlds (SL, The Sims Online) as societies in their own right with functioning monetary systems, social strata, and crime are both intriguing and horrifying. The author is a philosophy professor and I to
Apr 19, 2008 Kate rated it liked it
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This book was written by a University of Michigan (go blue!) philosophy professor who just absolutely cannot get over how cool he is. It's the story of a newspaper he founded in order to report on happenings in The Sims Online, and which he later moved to Second Life. A lot of interesting anecdotes about events and behavior in these games, although his tone regarding them is sort of he's too happy to be part of such an interesting club to really be objective. I also wish he'd spen ...more
Somewhat interesting book about trends and political machinations in online games. Although the title would have you think that this is about Second Life, it's really mostly about The Sims Online.

The way that people use massively multiplayer "life sims" in ways that the developers didn't intend is kind of interesting, although this book gets bogged down a little too much in the author's evangelism and openly biased account of his experience living in these games. It's unfortunately not as inter
Mar 12, 2010 Simon rated it it was amazing
Amazingly interesting. I started with Charles Stross's Halting State, which I barely understood. Then got on Second Life, and then got to this book, which perhaps I should have got to first. Never mind.
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Feb 14, 2008 Scott Lampley rated it it was ok
This book, while I think interesting, is so long winded that I skipped many-a-paragraph.
Jan 16, 2008 Barron rated it liked it
Fascinating and also clueless...
Nov 11, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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Peter Ludlow is the bizzomb.
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