Monthly Archives: January 2010

Political IQ Quiz

This is fun. Take it and see how you do. If you are feeling brave, post your score below.

What’s Your Political News IQ?

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Pew Science Knowledge Quiz

To test your knowledge of prominent people and major events in the news, we invite you to take our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,003 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a January 14-17, 2010 national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

via Pew Political IQ – Pew Research Center.

I got an 11/12. As good as 8% of the population.


Filed under Politics, Power, Activism

What is the size of the Metaverse?

I am working on one of my papers about the institutionalization of virtual worlds and I once again want some sort of clear statement about the size or scope of virtual worlds to quickly convince a reviewer that this is a “real” issue worth studying and that the hypecycle boom and bust around Second Life was a distraction from the real growth trends.

There is the widely cited Gartner figure of 80% of active users having an avatar by 2011. Many missed the adjective “active.” Gartner rightly, I think, was focusing on innovators and early adopters. It is still an eye-opening number.

There are academic papers documenting the dozens of worlds, as well as attempts to classify them along some variation of the following axes: overt gameness, ownership model, user-generated content, focus, or demographic target.

There is Castronova’s estimates of 20-40 million active users and economies on the scale of mid-sized countries (although this includes all those pesky MMO games).

I need to source this post better, but at least I have identified a few leads.


Filed under organization studies, technology, virtual worlds

Writing About Virtual Worlds

This is a slight experiment. I keep a writing journal which is often too personal too share. It also often contains little nuggets or amusing anecdotes. From time to time, I may give them a longer lease on life here.

From today’s Academic Ladder:

Live updating!
I am back home. Need to do five sessions today. Got final, final confirmation from co-author that today is last moment to produce paper for big wig, or, in spanish, i think, peluque enorme? Had a nice few days off, off as I talked to my father and got some of his stories recorded on video. House is a COMPLETE disaster. Must ignore it for now.

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