It's a Small, Virtual World

A look at the worlds being created and the people creating them.

It's a Small, Virtual World

"Alvin Toffler, the futurist, told us this would happen. He predicted that post-industrial societies would fragment into numerous subcultures based on their own niche lifestyles. He was right. Some of those subcultures' lifestyles are lived on virtual worlds orbiting television series like suns."

It's a Small, Virtual World

"The ETC brings together students from around the world with diverse academic backgrounds, ranging from art and computer science to business and psychology . . . The "boot camp" semester pushes students to learn new skills, hit deadlines and learn to work together in multidisciplinary teams."

It's a Small, Virtual World

"The entire Anonymous situation has to do with the cult of the incognito, the idea that if you give a man a mask, his true personality is unveiled. Anonymous can be said to represent the darker, feral side in all of us - they lash out with the slightest provocation, and they are many against few. Their own credo is they do not forgive, they do no forget and they are legion."

It's a Small, Virtual World

"From UO onward, MMOGs have been home to exactly the sort of behavior one might expect in the Wild West. To be sure, there may be more griefers in WoW than there were bandits in Dodge City, and just about everyone makes his way as a cold-blooded killer for hire (of mobs if not Apaches), but nevertheless, focusing on the negative elements of MMOGs is ultimately not the most productive way of understanding those communities."