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On Location from the National Conference for Media Reform – Day 2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 7, 2008 by jammingecono

The conferencing schedule remains full for yr’ humble servant here in sunny (finally) Minneapolis.

My flogging of Second Life and virtual worlds for political change here among the media reformers has kind of fallen on deaf ears.  That’s both a good thing (the idea’s still fresh) and bad (lots of educamating of people left to do to get this happening).  Fortunately, that’s not the only reason I’m following the conference.

BTW, big shout-out to Ruby, Shireen, and Paul who’ve been my partners in Twitter crime here at the conference.

Oh, almost forgot.  Very VERY excited by a tip Ruby gave me that Adam Reuters expressed interest in our Rez the Vote idea.  Going to be tough to focus on getting work done with that kind of opportunity hanging over my head.

Another really interesting development from a virtual world is the success in connecting Second Life to Open Sim (h/t to Wagner Au).  Being able to easily travel between virtual worlds wouldn address one of the major issues of organizing for political change in virtual worlds: limited membership.  With only approximately 500K actives in SL, there just isn’t the critical mass you get with e-mail campaigns.  However, an easy way to draw in other virtual worlds denizens (WoW, Eve:Online,, etc.) to a central location in another world (SL or otherwise) could be a force multiplier.  Can’t wait to learn more about this.

The new journalism panel here is getting ready to wrap up, so I guess I should too…


On Location at the National Conference for Media Reform

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 6, 2008 by jammingecono

Howdy again everyone. I’m blogging from the National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis. This is the fourth time I’ve attended this event and every year it gets better. It appears that the attendance may have plateaued at the same 3-3.5K number they had in Memphis last time,

I haven’t heard much about NCMR-related activities going on in Second Life, but one of my colleagues in the SL-organizing world. That said, Ruby Glitter (aka Ruby Sinreich) is here and I’m looking forward to catching up with her and revivng an idea we tried to get off the ground a while back for an SL-based voter registration effort. I’ll admit that I dropped the ball on that one, but I’m energized by all the great progressive activists here. I’ve also gotten more experience organizing SL events in my day job, so I’m a little more confident in getting the details right on that.

Larry Lessig just walked on at the opening session (looking buff in a black t-shirt, btw). His presentations are always awesome, so I’ll catch up with y’all later.