Friday, March 02, 2007

"This is the modern-day equivalent of hippies freaking out the squares."

Via BoingBoing, this analysis of the recent vandalism of John Edwards' SecondLife headquarters sounded exactly like hippies freaking out the squares. The description and picture of the vandalism are surreal, including "feces spouting obscenity." Bad trip. Ironically, the hippies are apparently Republicans with "Bush '08" tags, and the square progressives say things like "I have filed an abuse report with Linden Labs, and am awaiting their investigation."
You see countless news stories about this, over and over again: the gray humorless drones of political parties or corporations rushing to establish a presence in Second Life because it's the thing to do, only to find themselves staring directly into the collective of the Internet's soul.
I don't condone the action, etc., etc. but it seems pretty tone-deaf not to expect this, especially with stories circulating last week about how the Edwards campaign headquarters were "deserted." Might as well paint a target on the thing.

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