The Economist on Second Life
Take a look at the recent article
on Second Life in the Economist
. Although some of this information will be redundant for those familiar with Second Life; I think it serves as a decent introduction to this virtual space. Further, it was interesting to learn that money earned in Second Life could be converted to dollars, and that, “The top ten in-world entrepreneurs are making average profits of just over $200,000 a year.â€? Finally, I am interested in the tone of this article; the author takes a well-tempered skepticism to this subject.
Though there is the glimmer of hope that Second Life will create and sustain innovation, there is also the fear that it will be little more than a virtual strip mall. I think the same holds for the educational potentials of Second Life. Though it is the case that–as the case of schizophrenia shows at the beginning of the article–powerful simulations (and hence powerful educational exeperiences) can occur in this virtual space, for the most part, users of Second Life will most likely merely replicate the current educational system online.