Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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The Daily Show Nails it on the NSA Spying in SL and WoW

As you might have expected, The Daily Show has a take on the revelations of the NSA spying in World of Warcraft and Second Life, and nails it:

Money line:

This place is all about trust. If we thought people might not be who they say we are... the whole world would fall apart!

The Daily Show staff clearly includes some hardcore gamers (I'm guessing Jon is among them). Like I said yesterday, The Daily Show did a take on Second Life several years ago, when Philip Rosedale and others spoke about virtual worlds to Congress (which ironically, probably encouraged the NSA to keep spying). Let's watch:

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Savoree LeDesir

Terrorists? Well, that's great. I thought all I needed to worry about in the virtual worlds were dodgy traffickers, porn spammers, and RL married men pretending to be lesbians...but now we have to watch out for terrorists and a bunch of tax-payer paid voyeurs who are getting paid to watch the show?

Just kidding (sort of). The irony is that the publicity surrounding this story has probably given these sites more publicity this month than any ads they've paid for all year. It'll be interesting to see if there is a bump in sign-ups over the next week or so.

GeneVincent Tigerpaw

Unfortunately the video will not play outside the US. Any chance of a transcript or an execeutive summary for those of us outside the States?


Watch it on Youtube if you're not in the US.

Pussycat Catnap

They're just pop culture savvy enough to know how to string together a joke so it will be funny to people both within and without a targeted subculture.

Don't have to be a part of that subculture to do that.

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