Magazine article New Internationalist

Seriously. True Tales of a Mixed-Up World: Second Strife

Magazine article New Internationalist

Seriously. True Tales of a Mixed-Up World: Second Strife

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OK, so the world is a crazy place. There's war, poverty, racism, environmental destruction, Paris Hilton. Visit the Seriously newsroom on a bad day, and you might even find our team of jaded journalists starting to wonder if there's more to life than this?

Well, whadda ya know, there is! Second Life - the online virtual world where we are free to live out our dreams.

That's the idea anyway. If you find yourself fed up with the emptiness of shopping malls and consumer hedonism in RL (Real Life), login to Second Life (SL) where you can wander around... virtual (yet somehow even more spiritually vacant) shopping malls and indulge in consumer hedonism - but naked, and armed with 'dong guns'!

Fed up with politics in RL? Login to the SL and find yourself talking to a representative of French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen's far-Right Front National or the UK Independence Party, both of whom have virtual offices there. Fortunately left-wing liberation armies launch attacks on these groups and spray their buildings with faeces and exploding pigs. One anti-Le Pen protestor even gets into the anti-racist spirit and yells 'The French stink! …

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