British Labour Party Leader Sets Up Shop in Second Life

January 13, 2009 -

Second Life seems to have peaked, but the British Labour Party apparently never got the memo.

The Daily Mail and the Guardian are both reporting Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has set up shop in SL's virtual world where he will lead "an online campaign against Conservatives."

The move comes by way of Labour's game plan to retain power in the event of a General Election. From the Daily Mail:

[Mandelson's] starring role in Second Life will intensify speculation that he is being earmarked as Gordon Brown's election supremo.

But it will also draw criticisms from those who will question the involvement of a senior politician in a fantasy world best known for its dubious moral standards... As well as the millions of innocent users who enjoy its escapist fantasy, Second Life has also become a favoured tool of adulterers and porn addicts.

The Guardian takes a more positive view:

The point about virtual worlds such as Second Life and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter is that they offer a direct communication channel to voters when they are at play at a time when people, especially younger people, are switching off from traditional media channels...

 

Mandelson's visit to Second Life... is partly a successful publicity stunt but is also a way to make sure that leading politicians have some idea of what is going on out there. Sadly, most of them still don't.


Comments

Re: British Labour Party Leader Sets Up Shop in Second Life

Second Life finally has its first villain! Surely we now can put Mandelson at the top of all the Top Video Game villains now. Even if his avatar got deleted due to public demand it would only come back again and again! I wouldn't want to bump into him on the game (my computer would probably get viruses and trojans). An evil man indeed.

Re: British Labour Party Leader Sets Up Shop in Second Life

And the Mail didn't have a go at him for being gay? Christ, is the usual editor sick today?

~You Could Be Mine, But You're Way Out Of Line..~

~You Could Be Mine, But You're Way Out Of Line..~

Re: British Labour Party Leader Sets Up Shop in Second Life

SL:  Home to furries, sex-fiends, and politicians that weren't told about the furries and sex-fiends.

Peter Mandelson:  "Hmm, an Incubus with breasts and a cat's head just offered to help with the campaign... and to lick my nipples."

Re: British Labour Party Leader Sets Up Shop in Second Life

Meh, just ignore the Mail.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHBN-CvCXW4&feature=PlayList&p=EA695E8C94...

A good summary of the modern newspaper industry (plus a really good show) - skip to 2:30 for it.

Re: British Labour Party Leader Sets Up Shop in Second Life

Typical government with modern non-war technology.  Hey, what is this cool thing!  Where did everyone go?  I would say it is like the southpark episodes with the pokemon type thing and the parents, but no causation, just failure.  I wonder how many tax dollars got wasted on that...

Nido Web Flash Tutorials AS2 and AS3 Tutorials for anyone interested.
How to set Xbox 360 Parental Controls

Nido Web Flash Tutorials AS2 and AS3 Tutorials for anyone interested.
How to set Xbox 360 Parental Controls

Re: British Labour Party Leader Sets Up Shop in Second Life

It would be so much more awesome if these groups set up rival guilds in WoW and raided each other.

Re: British Labour Party Leader Sets Up Shop in Second Life

 I like where this is going.

Re: British Labour Party Leader Sets Up Shop in Second Life

That should be how the U.S. conducts elections.

Each campaign gets to create a guild and they go at each other.

Can't you see it now? Obama charging in "FOR THE HORDE!!!" (I just prefer the Horde)

Re: British Labour Party Leader Sets Up Shop in Second Life

Ah good old Labour, getting stuck into their "well it worked for Obama" game plan.

Re: British Labour Party Leader Sets Up Shop in Second Life

Ugh, shoot me now...

"...a way to make sure that leading politicians have some idea of what is going on out there. Sadly, most of them still don't."

And they certainly won't learn much arseing around in second life. Moreover, the Labour party's interest is proof, as if it was needed, that no one really cares about second life.

Gift.

Re: British Labour Party Leader Sets Up Shop in Second Life

And the world continues to not care.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Will limiting Steam services to accounts that have spent at least $5 eliminate spammers?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Matthew WilsonI think its a good article, and devs can take some lessons from life is strange.04/24/2015 - 10:24pm
Andrew EisenI tinyURL'd it. The world is safe!04/24/2015 - 10:23pm
Matthew Wilson@AE my bad there is nothing I can do about that.04/24/2015 - 10:21pm
Andrew EisenLooks like the spoiler is right there in the URL.04/24/2015 - 10:20pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://tinyurl.com/ok9pf6b a interesting opinion piece on the life is strange episode 2, and a dark event that happens in it. full warning major spoilers.04/24/2015 - 10:11pm
Matthew Wilson@mech no just she, nor her co workers have not. she never said it is not real.04/24/2015 - 8:58pm
MechaCrashWas she saying "I haven't experienced it," or "I haven't experienced it therefore it does not exist"?04/24/2015 - 8:31pm
ZippyDSMleeoy the skyrim paid mod thing is going over well. My 2 lints, I would not mind if Skyrim had a full SDK and not a crappy lil editor....04/24/2015 - 6:46pm
Andrew EisenWell, that is indeed crappy and nonsensical.04/24/2015 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonshe got attacked for saying that she personaly has not experienced the harassment some other female devs have, and she got acused of defending GG and ignoring harassment. she ended up getting dog piled because of it.04/24/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenFine but do you recall ANY details at all?04/24/2015 - 3:38pm
Matthew Wilsonit was several weeks ago now, and I will admit to not saving it.04/24/2015 - 3:36pm
Andrew EisenAttacked HOW and by WHOM for not writing off WHO as evil? Do you have a link or anything?04/24/2015 - 3:31pm
Matthew Wilsonthat is the whole point she was not attacked for saying anything. she was attacked for being willing to debate in the first place, and not just write them off as evil.04/24/2015 - 3:28pm
Andrew EisenI know there's not a lot of room in the Shout box but goodness you're being vague.04/24/2015 - 3:26pm
Andrew EisenGreat, but that STILL doesn't tell me what she said, why she was attacked (or what the attack was) or what "standard line" she's following. Details, man. Details!04/24/2015 - 3:25pm
Andrew EisenOr what the heck Nina White (someone else I've never heard of) is actually referring to.04/24/2015 - 3:24pm
Matthew Wilson@AE she is a game dev. she used to do stuff with hormanix and now works with https://outact.net/#!/?page_id=2 she will often engage and debate both side.04/24/2015 - 3:23pm
Andrew Eisen...following.04/24/2015 - 3:23pm
Andrew EisenYou mean focus on stopping the bad behavior of those who are doing it rather than condemning all the people that associate with them? Great. But I still don't know who Emma Clarkson is, what she said, why she was attacked or what "standard line" she's04/24/2015 - 3:23pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician