I was flying 600 meters above a region called Janni when my submarine suddenly burst into flames. I’d taken to the sky because the area around my previously remote water compound has been invaded by an army of Brazilians and a small band of nudist Wiccans. Somehow they’ve managed to completely block all water routes. Fortunately my submarine flies. Or it used to anyway.
By now you know that Second Life is a place where anything can happen. What you may not know is that it’s also a place where nothing ever really works the way it’s supposed to. Ask any long-time resident and they’ll tell you that Second Life is broken. For the last couple of weeks group chat — the primary tool that political campaigns use to organize in-world — has been busted. While Second Life clearly has tremendous potential for political mobilization, right now it’s looking like a fragile toy.
This is all just a long way of saying that there hasn’t been much substantial activity among the various presidential campaigns in Second Life since my last post. In the past couple of weeks Mike Gravel supporters created a new group and Ron Paul supporters opened a new headquarters — the later is significant because Paul is the first Republican candidate to have a presence in Second Life, the former is significant because Gravel claims to have been hiding under a rock for the last ten years.