Sunday, September 03, 2006

Behold, the Future!

Not too long ago
I wrote a post in which I suggested, nay, demanded that "I'd like to see a candidate for public office with an SL persona."

Well, such has come to pass.

According to New World Notes, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner showed up inside Second Life for an interview. Warner is rumoured to be gearing up for a Presidential run.

That's just unbelievably cool.

Word is that he's going to come back in the future for a town hall-style meeting. Second Life is a great forum for those kinds of events - people enjoy a visual element from political discussions that a regular chat can't provide. It's also much easier on security personnel.

The drawback, of course, is that you're only seeing an avatar. And there's a good chance that the politician's whole team is listening in and crafting his responses.

Regardless, it's commendable that Governor Warner's team was able to recognize an emerging tool for social organization - and that they thought it would be worthwhile to make contact with a non-traditional group (not to imply that SL-ers would vote as a bloc).

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