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.