Conservative First

November 16, 2008

Laura Ingraham Is Wrong about Second Life

I listen to Laura Ingraham as often as I can, and I’ve discovered that she’s usually right.  However, Friday morning as I was driving to work, I heard her talking about Second Life (SL).  She was wrong about SL, and I have to admit that I wondered if she’d ever been “in world.”

First, she called SL a game.  It’s not.  It’s a three-dimensional virtual world where people can do pretty much anything they can do in real life.  There are no rules, and there is no way to “win.”

Second, she talked about people wasting time in SL and cheating on their spouses there, but people do those things in real life. 

SL’s potential has been recognized by a lot of people in higher education.  (People have to be 18 to join SL’s main grid, so it can’t be used for K-12.)  Just check out these sites:

A number of prominent educational organizations provide professional development activites in SL, including the Sloan Consortium. AECT, and ISTE.  In SL you can visit sites based on almost any time, location, or culture on Earth–or off Earth and in the future.

Since the election, I’ve heard Laura say that Republicans need to start using new technology if they want to win elections.  SL is part of that new technology.  Just as it’s being used in higher education, it can be used to organize and train conservatives and teach future conservatives about the Constitution, capitalism, socialism, and so on.

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