Terrorism 2.0 Or Angry Cybergeeks? (SecondLife)

Filed as General on February 25, 2007 2:40 am

In an age where Web 2.0 gives every user a voice, apparently some users on SecondLife feel left out of the important decisions that affect their way of digital life.

Feeling the need to communicate their frustration, it seems that one group has decided to fight back by making a nuclear bomb.

(LA Times) LIKE any pioneer, Marshal Cahill arrived in a new world curious and eager to sample its diversions. Over time, though, he saw an elite few grabbing more than their share.

They bought up all the plum real estate. They awarded building contracts to friends. They stifled free speech.

Cahill saw a bleak future, but he felt powerless to stop them. So he detonated an atomic bomb outside an American Apparel outlet. Then another outside a Reebok store.

As political officer for the Second Life Liberation Army, Cahill is passionately committed to righting what he considers the wrongs of a world that exists only on the computer servers of Linden Lab in San Francisco.

The whole problem seems to stem from the very fact that SecondLife citizens lack the authority (or rights) to decide upon the future of the site, and have decided to set up shop as some web 2.0 terrorist group (or revolutionaries, as they prefer to call themselves), attempting to intimidate Linden Lab by shooting and blowing up users (who can never really die on in this world).

They have even started a site on Google’s servers, demanding not to mention a blog site, with the former demanding not only representation, but future stock options as well.

There are no reports what Linden Lab plans on doing to address this measure, although if Cahill and his group end up receiving all of their demands, this may change how Web 2.0 is done in the future (whether for the better or the worse).

(Hat Tip: Hot Air)

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