Second Life Regime Change?April 2nd, 2009 — Chris Van Buren
Read this great Boston Review think piece. It turns on the central question of this blog: Does the Internet spread democracy? The author cites and, to an extent, criticizes some of the Berkman research on the Orange Revolution and “smart mobs.” I’ll have a fuller critique tomorrow. In the meantime, money quote:
Regime change by text messaging may seem realistic in cyberspace, but no dictators have been toppled via Second Life, and no real elections have been won there either; otherwise, Ron Paul would be president.
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