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JUDGE RICHARD POSNER COMES TO SECOND LIFE (Updated)

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Update, 12/11: The illustrated transcript of Judge Posner's 12/7 appearance in Second Life is now online at this link.

He's upheld the First Amendment protections of video games and contemplated the future of law in online worlds, and early December, in an apt progression, Judge Richard A. Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will take on avatar form, to discuss the US Constitution in the era of apocalyptic terrorism.  Ranked among the top twenty legal professionals in America, Judge Posner is also one of the world's most influential and wide-ranging thinkers.  I'll be interviewing the Judge about his latest book, Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency, a provocative case for balancing our freedoms with security in the post-9/11 world.  As with previous NWN Book Club events, the Judge will answer questions from the audience, and autograph copies of his book's virtual edition.  Here's the details:

December 7th, 6-8pm Second Life Time (PST)
Center Auditorium in Kula
To reserve a seat, IM Creative Commons' Genevieve Junot (or e-mail her here)

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“I am very excited to have been asked to give a talk, via an avatar, in Second Life," Judge Posner tells me, via e-mail.  "Virtual communities are an important social phenomenon with transformative potential, and I know that Second Life is in the forefront of this latest stage of the digital revolution."  And I'm very excited to welcome such an august figure in-world, joining Lawrence Lessig, Thomas Barnett, and other great public intellectuals who're among the first to transmit their crucial ideas into the metaverse.

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Event sponsored by Creative Commons.  Much thanks to CC's Lawrence Lessig and the University of Chicago's Sam Sellers for helping arrange the appearance.

Update, 10:07pm: In Comments, event co-host Genevieve Junot/Jennifer Yip adds some important points on reservations:  "When you are sending me an RSVP message, please be sure to include your SL avatar name to add to my list.  If the sim fills up, event entry will revert to a reservation basis. If you have made a reservation, but cannot make it-- please try to send me a cancellation email/IM!"

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Taran Rampersad (aka Nobody Fugazi)

I'll be there. Just don't tell Prok. :-D

SignpostMarv Martin

Any chance you could mention what his name will be in-world ?

It'd be handy to add him to the Wikipedia article

Hamlet Au

"Richard Posner". :)

genevieve junot

Hi, all! I'm receiving a good number of responses for this event! We're looking forward to having the Judge present at Kula.

When you are sending me an RSVP message, please be sure to include your SL avatar name to add to my list. *If the sim fills up, event entry will revert to a reservation basis. If you have made a reservation, but cannot make it - please try to send me a cancellation email/IM!

Many thanks :) Jen/Gen

Relee Baysklef

Apocalyptic Terrorism? o.o

I don't think it's quite gotten that bad yet.

SignpostMarv Martin

Added

Yes Hamlet, I am aware the sort order on the name list is a bit off. Since re-ordering would mean that people's permalinks would be changed, I made a request for discussion on the topic, as well as one for breaking out the 3 lists into separate articles.

And while I'm here, plug.

captain john

the label terrorism is just the bogeyman the govenments/corporations need to spread fear and retain control.
somebodies figured this would be a good way of infiltrating it to the online world too (as we dont read papers and watch news as much as the rest). it's all smoke and mirrors, be suspicious

Stormy Westmoreland

Hey, can RL lawyers get CLE credit for this? It would be a hoot to submit this to the bar associations.

--Stormy

Gritsforbreakfast

The Constution is not a suicide pact, huh? A million dead in the US Civil War say otherwise. If Judge Posner's thesis is correct, somebody please inform New Hampshire so they can change the slogan on their license plates: "Live free or die."

I like the idea of CLE credits, and I'll bet it could be done though it has to be on a state by state basis.

My wife has an avatar and RSVP'd to attend, so I'll be watching over her shoulder. Really great idea, and kudos to Judge Posner for participating.

Alpha Amiga

Is there a video transcript or audio transcript from this presentation? Can anybody assist with a link?

Hamlet Au

I'll be posting a lightly edited text transcript next Monday.

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