Monday, January 08, 2007


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Moriash Moreau

Well, it'd be a relatively simple matter to rig the necessary animations, sound effects, and in-world props for such a recreation. I think we've all seen similar things, and worse, in your friendly neighborhood SL S&M shop. Actually, that kind of thing is so much part of SL culture that considerable care and setup would be required to create an appropriately serious-appearing scenario. I think we've all deliberately tortured (not to trivialize the RL equivalent of the concept) and even outright killed our avatars (How many folks played Russian Roulette after that article was posted?), in quite graphic and realistic manners, for fun, at one time or another. I think a seasoned SL veteran might be an atypical, and possibly unacceptably contaminated, subject for the VR recreation.

In any case, it makes me wonder how the experiment would be changed if the experiment used our own avatars, in place of the generic female representation. Some folks identify quite closely with their onscreen personae.


Gosh, with all the various BDSM communities that exist in SL, the poor professor will be overhelmed by volunteers....


There is an art show in NYC right now at Anna Kustera inspired by the Milgram experiments. See:


Relee Baysklef

Thank goodness you can't actually recreate the Milgramm experiment in SL! That traumatized enough college students the first time, I think.

I'm not sure what good a memorial/dramatization would do, but people are free to create whatever neat things they want.


Here's a Cave


Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Wagner James Au
Wagner James "Hamlet" Au
Dutchie Summer Special
Nylon Pinkney Outfitters in SL
my site ... ... ...

Classic New World Notes stories:

Labor Union Protesters Converge On IBM's Metaverse Campus: Leaders Claim Success, 1850 Total Attendees (Including Giant Banana & Talking Triangle) (2007)

All About My Avatar: The story behind amazing strange avatars (2007)

Fighting the Front: When fascists open an HQ in Second Life, chaos and exploding pigs ensue (2007)

Copying a Controversy: Copyright concerns come to the Metaverse via... the CopyBot! (2006)

The Penguin & the Zookeeper: Just another unlikely friendship formed in The Metaverse (2006)

"—And He Rezzed a Crooked House—": Mathematician makes a tesseract in the Metaverse — watch the videos! (2006)

Guarding Darfur: Virtual super heroes rally to protect a real world activist site (2006)

The Skin You're In: How virtual world avatar options expose real world racism (2006)

Making Love: When virtual sex gets real (2005)

Watching the Detectives: How to honeytrap a cheater in the Metaverse (2005)

The Freeform Identity of Eboni Khan: First-hand account of the Black user experience in virtual worlds (2005)

Man on Man and Woman on Woman: Just another gender-bending avatar love story, with a twist (2005)

The Nine Souls of Wilde Cunningham: A collective of severely disabled people share the same avatar (2004)

Falling for Eddie: Two shy artists divided by an ocean literally create a new life for each other (2004)

War of the Jessie Wall: Battle over virtual borders -- and real war in Iraq (2003)

Home for the Homeless: Creating a virtual mansion despite the most challenging circumstances (2003)