Monday, April 5, 2010

Professor, Nuke My Second Life Please

Location: Real Life Desk

"A recruiter told me I'd better have you remove my wiki pages," a former student told me. The work about Second Life, like his old profiles in Facebook and (gasp!) LinkedIn, were not professional enough to reside under his real-life name. He's busily at work grooming his social-network sites to be boredom-friendly.

So I took down an entire portfolio of student work. It's vapor now. Gone.

Nothing in this student's work about SL was risque in the least, beyond his interest in wearing a Santa-Claus suit constantly.

What does this say about SL's reputation in the broader world?

And they ask me why I chose an academic career.

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