Category Archives: provocations

Wikileaks, the Christmas gift that keeps on giving

Wikileaks heralds the end of secrets. The primacy of privacy is eroding, as anyone on Facebook can attest.  Now the shift has hit governments around the world.  They are shaken and stirred, and gone forever is our tacit acceptance that information held by government agencies should be silo-ed and untouchable. Everyone, all of us, are now accountable for our… Read More »

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Are virtual worlds off the boil ?

The August release of Gartner’s 2010 hype cycle for emerging technologies, which sees Virtual Worlds lodged in the pit of the disillusionment trough, has generated some interesting discussion in the blogosphere. VW’ds marketing consultant Mary Ellen Gordon asks why this has occurred, especially in light of Gartners’ much quoted 2007 declaration’ that by 2012, 80… Read More »

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Why virtual goods are not ‘make believe’

Today’s News.com report on the rise of virtual goods, demonstrates widely held misconceptions, if its social media expert Jules Cole’s response is anything to go by. Commenting on the strength of the global trend, and the success of  Californian company Virtual Greats, Coles says: “If they (virtual goods) are free, I can definitely see the use of them… Read More »

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SFO's Counter-Culture lives on! Second Life's metaverse and Burning Man

 I have always been fascinated by the counter-cultural heritage of  Second Life  – as evidenced by Phillip Rosedale’s much vaunted epiphany   at the 1999 art, fire and community event,  Burning Man, in the middle of the Nevada desert. Residents in Second Life acknowledge the connection with an  SL event, Burning Life  held in-world each October to coincide with its real world… Read More »

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