Thursday, May 10, 2007

Brave new world or virtual pedophile paradise? Second Life falls foul of law

Sick, seedy stuff on SL.

Reminds me of something Pippa Norris says in her book Digital Divide: Civic engagement, information poverty, and the internet worldwide (CUP). Not the divide stuff, the key point about internet as 'real world' mirror, utopia or something else?

‘Even if the basic digital divide shrinks gradually over time, it is naive to believe that the virtual world can overturn fundamental inequalities of social stratification that are endemic throughout post-industrial societies’ (2001: 17).

The text of Norris' book is here.

Thanks, Pippa.

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