Lecture by Peter Ludlow (professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan) on Second Life, the online virtual world that is revolutionizing the Internet. Wednesday June 13th, 19:30-21:00, Waaier 2, University of Twente

Dr. Ludlow is an engaging speaker and is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Second Life and the governance of virtual communities. He is editor of High Noon on the Electronic Frontier (MIT Press, 1996) and Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias (MIT Press, 1999). Dr. Ludlow, as the avatar Urizenus Sklar, also founded the Alphaville Herald and the Second Life Herald, virtual tabloids that have been vital forums for reporting on and debating gaming, virtual communities, cyber economies, and the rise of the metaverse. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Peter Ludlow's Abstract:

Emergent Gameplay, Deviant Ageplay, and the Elusive Payday of Business in Second Life


Second Life has been receiving lots of publicity lately, some of it due alleged millions of “residents” of Second Life, some due to the stampede of meatspace corporations into Second Life, and some of it due to the current difficulties with users that engage in sexual “ageplay,” the simulation of sexual relations between adults and children. In this talk I have several objectives:


1)  I’ll provide an introduction to Second Life and offer an illustration of the rich emersive environment it offers and the complexity of the emergent gameplay that it can give rise to.


2) I’ll deflate some of the hype about the millions of “residents” of Second Life and the import of the corporate invasion of Second Life.


3)  I’ll talk about some of the missteps of the recent corporate entries, and suggest alternative entry strategies that take advantage of the strengths of Second Life.


4)  I’ll offer a non-hysterical assessment of the ageplay problem and the more general problem of adult content and griefing in Second Life, as well as the difficulties it presents for corporations and organizations wishing to participate in Second Life.


5)  I’ll speculate a bit about the future of Second Life and Virtual Worlds more generally.

This lecture will be in English and is co-sponsored by the Center for Information Technology and Society (CITS) and Studium Generale at the University of Twente. Map of the University campus: http://www.utwente.nl/dienstverlening/route/.  Further queries can be directed to a.r.briggle@gw.utwente.nl.