Meatspace politics invade the metaverse

Second Life is becoming a new frontier, not just for businesses looking for a new way to reach potential customers, but for politicians and their supporters to campaign country-wide with low logistical costs. The Democratic candidates for the 2008 US Presidential elections are already hard at work thrashing out the details, for example, and the main opposition party of Brazil have also crossed the membrane ahead of their competitors. I can envisage a close future where all political discourse is conducted in virtual environments; sadly, I can’t envisage it being any less bitchy and partisan than it is in the real world.