We begin our story on Democracy Island. Democracy Island is a creation of New York Law School within the game Second Life. Second Life is an online world where you can create a virtual version of yourself, or someone you’d like to be, and hang out with others much like you would in the actual world.
“Second Life and other products like it, like www.there.com, are what we might think of as the next generation of video games that we call a virtual world or a synthetic world,” says Beth Noveck of New York Law School. “Rather than having a quest or a point system or a battle that you would in a video game, these are social meeting places where people come together in a three dimensional immersive version of cyberspace. It’s a place where people can come together and play, and build things and interact with each other.”