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Meet the new life, just like the old life

Posted by davidvc on May 23, 2007 at 12:02 PM PDT

Michael Arrington talks about the dark side of Second Life
. Some of what he talks about is sad and ugly (such as issues around virtual rape and pedophilia). But the antics of the SLLA (Second Life Liberation Army) made me laugh, although I am sure they are damaging and annoying, and probably cost people time and money.

Proving that Second Life is indeed a reincarnation of the Wild West, the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) was literally blown off the face of Second Life Tuesday by “miscreants” according to The Sydney Morning Herald. ABC Island featured a number of venues where visitors could listen and dance to music, attend talks and watch videos of selected ABC programs before it was reduced to something more like Hiroshima circa 1945.

image of ABC crater in Second Life

Sadly, this type of attack is not new. The self styled Second Life Liberation Army have previously attacked Reebok and American Apparel stores in Second Life and stormed the stage at the January 2007 meeting of the World Economic Forum in Second Life.

The image of a liberation army prowling around a virtual world just made me giggle. It reminded me of the Life of Brian, with the Judean People's Front and the People's Front of Judea. People are people, and the dynamics are the same wherever you go, even into your Second Life.