I wa slooking for a project for my undergraduate research studnet to work on.
The SL researchers listserv had a good suggestion.
He is interested in politics or civic discourse in virtual worlds.
Ideally, it would be a sim, island, community with either robust internal debate, or an explicit goal of being a forum, an agora of civics.
He would be doing some virtual ethnography to explore how expressiveness, community, and technology relate to political discourse.
And the first response form a Law School Professor:
1) If he hasn’t done already, he should read Tom Boellstorff’s book, Coming of Age in Second Life, which is a good example of doing ethnography in SL.
2) He might look into the Coalition of Democratic Sims (or something like that), which is a group of sims that have instituted some form of democratic governance.
I hope he keeps us posted on his work. It should be very interesting.
CEO murdered by mob of sacked Indian workers – Times Online
Corporate India is in shock after a mob of workers bludgeoned to death the chief executive who sacked them from a factory in a suburb of Delhi.
Does this sound like 19th centruy America and labor unrest in the gilded age?
Conservatives Try New Tack on Campuses – NYTimes.com
These initiatives, like the Program in Western Civilization and American Institutions at the University of Texas, Austin, or a project at the University of Colorado here in Colorado Springs, to publish a book of classic texts, are mostly financed by conservative organizations and donors, run by conservative professors. But they have a decidedly nonpartisan and nonideological face.
I’ll have to say more later…
Pakistani Troops, Tribesmen Fire On US Helicopters
Pakistani troops and tribesmen opened fire on two U.S. helicopters that crossed into the country from neighboring Afghanistan, intelligence officials said Monday.
The National Economy
No Americans say that the national economy is getting better, 13% say it is staying the same, and 82% say the national economy is getting worse.
Staying the same
You almost never see 0% in public polls. They must not have any BOA executives, gold stock holders, or other speculators who bet the right way in their poll. Or maybe those folks see that their immediate gain comes with the risk of financial downturn for all?
And Bush’s approval is down to 19% among RVs in the same poll. That has to be some kind of record?
No blank check for Wall Street.
This is worse than a bad deal – this isn’t a deal at all. This is a blank check to some of the richest companies in the world.
This is a blog post with a petition linked to it. I may not agree with all the language, but this is not the time to let the desire for the perfect trump the reality of present action.
We should express our concerns as citizens about the parameters fo this extraordianry action, even if we don’t get to write the legislation.
Krugman on “Cash for Trash.“
My thoughts exactly…
Daily Kos: State of the Nation
Now that the People own a major insurance company, it’s fair to ask how the People’s Insurance Company, along with the People’s Mortgage Companies and the People’s Investment Banks, will benefit the People who Own them. Can we expect lower premiums, equity sharing, and corporate perks for our hundreds of billions of dollars?
15 minutes of web searching for this mythical list of problme banks leads me to learn that the FDIC does not publiish the list.
Of course not. It might cause people to worry about their deposits! So, we have to protected from our own self-interest.
It is always the most critical information that is hidden. One site did say I could pay for bank quality/soundness information. Lovely, that won’t exacerbate inequality in America or anything.
Random surfing led to this find: The U MD Innovation center.
With these imperatives in mind, the Center for Innovation is consulting with and doing research on science and technology in research organizations with the objective of helping them increase scientific technological advances. The Center is developing theories that concern the process of innovation and the production of knowledge more generally. Finally, it is developing several models and methods for guiding governments in their evaluations of S&T research.
Then tehy list research tracks: