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  Interviewed by Italy’s ‘La Stampa’  
Posted 2006-11-30 by Tony Walsh
Writer Ivan Fulco cordially invited me to share my thoughts on virtual world Second Life recently, and the results have been published by Italy's La Stampa. Fulco asked me about reasons to both visit and avoid Second Life, about the culture of the growing virtual world, about the platform's staying-power, and about virtual worlds generally. For now, the interview is available exclusively in Italian (I gave my answers in English), but I hope to print the original (English) version soon. Don't bother trying an online translator unless you want a good laugh :)

The last Italian interview I gave was for was for Videoludica (thoughts on that one here). Ironically, I get more play overseas as a game culture commentator than on my home turf.
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Comment posted by Urizenus
November 30, 2006 @ 11:43 pm
Good interview Tony. It's interesting that they are asking about things like Anshe and Big Brother in SL, but I don't know why that should surprise me, on reflection.

Did you really say that drinkable water and clean energy are a better investment than virtual worlds. Obviously we *need* them more, but its hard to see how to make money on those, and I would feel creepy making money from an investment in blue gold, for example.
Comment posted by Yesterday Demain
December 1, 2006 @ 3:43 am
Good interview. How about joining efforts in making an international water-themed SL project?
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
December 1, 2006 @ 10:24 am
Thanks for tuning in, Uri. I did actually say that clean water and energy are better investments, but that is in the context of long vs. short-term investments. I believe I said that SL might be a good short-term investment (i.e. get rich quick), but that we'll need more important things over the long haul. I think green energy solutions will be a good medium- and long-term investment. As for investing in water, it's already a commodity. If we don't invest in it, big business and government will take it away. Canada, for example, is already bleeding its fresh water resources, piping water stateside so Californians can grow tainted spinach and fill swimming-pools. I can vote for a government that treats water the way I want it to, or I can buy a water-source (or invest in water treatment technologies). Probably the best piece of land one can invest in right now is one that has access to a clean water-table, natural well, and/or natural spring. That's my outlook for the moment :)

Yesterday Demain, thanks for the invitation. I'm not sure I have the time for another project, but I'd be interested in hearing more about it. Feel free to email any details to me via tony at secretlair dot com.
Comment posted by Prokofy Neva
December 1, 2006 @ 2:42 pm
>Canada, for example, is already bleeding its fresh water resources, piping water stateside so Californians can grow tainted spinach and fill swimming-pools.

I often wonder how people can get away with making wildly emotional statements like that.

Actually, California is sucking up Canadian water for poor, large persecuted migrant labour families and watering crops of organic lettuce for your salad, Tony, not for swimming pools. Plus, New Brunswick is funnelling all the air out of northern Maine, and beavers are breathing it, too.
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