Meet the Avatars Against Trump in 'Second Life' is a new feature from Glixel, Rolling Stone's game news site. Since the Flickr group launched, some SLers have complained about the injection of real world politics into the virtual world. But like I told Glixel, that's been happening for well over a decade:
"When I was the 'embedded journalist' in Second Life for Linden Lab, one of the first installations that users built was a carnival promoting marijuana legalization, including a roller coaster-type ride in a giant bong," he says.
"When Second Life launched in 2003, one of the first community controversies was a virtual battle provoked over disagreements about the war in Iraq. 10 years ago, there was another virtual battle over France's Front National building an official HQ in Second Life. So really, this Trump protest is just the latest example in virtual world political protest."
No luck so far finding photos of the bong roller coaster, by the way -- they were posted on New World Notes when it was still sponsored by Linden Lab on the official Second Life website. Yes, Linden Lab was not only OK with me reporting about a pro-pot carnival, they literally paid me to do so.