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Did you vote?  If you didn't, you have no one to blame for the situation but yourself.

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I stumbled across the first real hard collision between reality and virtual reality.  Reuters has opened a virtual news bureau in Second Life.  And they have an actual reporter posted there to provide news and articles on what's happening in Second Life.

Ok.  So far some of the other items (like virtual concerts from the BBC and such) were more like one-shot events.  But with Reuters setting up a presence online, it means that this is being taken a lot more seriously than anyone originally thought.  Add in articles from the BBC, Business Week and Fortune magazine, and I suspect we're at the very beginning of a change in how folks may view the Internet in the future.  Will the virtual world be just as important (and financially stable) as the real world?  Will we eventually go into a virtual polling place, show identification and vote for real world elections?  We're already seeing movement towards going into a virtual mall, choosing a product and having it delivered in reality, so why not more unique and unusual applications to the virtual existence?

If I had to make a prediction, I'd say we were at the very beginning of a wave of change.  Perhaps in 10 or 15 years we'll log in, go to a virtual mall, buy our merchandise with virtual funds, but end up with a physical product in our possession.  Not an online website, but a place we walk through, look at things, work with them just like we would at a Sears or Target, then take them to a checkout and purchase them.

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Work can be so annoying at times.  End of message.

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centauress
Nov. 8th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
Over a billion dollars changed hands in Second Life last year... Who cares if only 10K to 30K are connected every night.

Buying real things in Second Life is possible now, but only for a few things - I've bought a tree, and shopped for action figures.
aeb
Nov. 8th, 2006 08:42 am (UTC)
I haven't missed a political election since I turned 18. {SMILE}

I never voted in school elections unless they came to me, tho.

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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