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January 22, 2007


Shane Walker

Andrea, I find myself grappling with the same issues. I think what strikes me as a bit unsettling is that the companies that own Second Life, social networking sites, and political blogs in particular seem to be inclined to regulate their communities with their own interpretations of "proper use". "Proper use" is even more unsettling because it can never be fully defined (even if attempted in the TOS), leaving site owners to be the sole lawmaking body. Sure, this is the natural order of things in a commercial world, but what bothers me is that fine line between private enterprise and public sphere. I think we can all foresee a time and place when Second Life and similar technologies can arguably be considered a legitimate public sphere, which then begs the question- who's laws should apply?

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