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Second Life political dirty tricks? Edwards campaign cries foul

Edition number 27 in this Digital Markets Blog presidential campaign 2008 series on what I am calling “User Generated Politics”Is politics in Second Life inspired by Real Life political dirty tricks?"User Generated Politics" have taken a sinister turn, according to "robinrising," posting at the John Edwards blog: Shortly before midnight on Monday, February 26, a group of republican Second Life users, some sporting "Bush '08" tags, vandalized the John Edwards Second Life HQ.
Written by Donna Bogatin, Contributor on

Edition number 27 in this Digital Markets Blog presidential campaign 2008 series on what I am calling “User Generated Politics”

Is politics in Second Life inspired by Real Life political dirty tricks?

"User Generated Politics" have taken a sinister turn, according to "robinrising," posting at the John Edwards blog: 

Shortly before midnight on Monday, February 26, a group of republican Second Life users, some sporting "Bush '08" tags, vandalized the John Edwards Second Life HQ. They plastered the area with Marxist/Lenninist posters and slogans, a feces spewing obsenity, and a photoshopped picture of John in blackface, all the while harrassing visitors with right-wing nonsense and obsenity-laden abuse of Democrats in general and John in particular.

I witnessed this event, taking names and photos, including the owners of the pictures. I also kept and saved a copy of the chat log.  I have filed an abuse report with Linden Labs, and am awaiting their investigation.

Commenter ET remarked:

I am not familiar with Second Life...I gather it is a place where a JRE enthusiast set up a virtual environment and the Second Life community is one where other community members can adopt cartoon identities and "live" as well.  So we are witnessing cartoon violence on a cartoon JRE supporter presumably (if your report is correct) by cartoon Republicans.

The Second Life home suggests the community was intended to be fanciful, and allow people to "strike a pose" in peace. You could present your ego or your alter-ego, so-to-speak. You could be the persona wish instead of the person you are. I suppose we see from this instance that there are some ugly personas out there.

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