View Full Version : A Real-Life Debate on Free Expression in a Cyberspace City

01 January 2004, 06:00 PM

a few excerpts

"Peter Ludlow said he was only trying to expose the truth that Alphaville's authorities were all too happy to ignore. In his online newspaper, The Alphaville Herald, he reported on thieves and their scams. He documented what he said was a teenage prostitution ring. He criticized the city's leaders for not intervening to make it a better place."

"But in a setting where the point is to play out fantasies, there is little agreement among players about the real-world consequences of their online actions. "

"Is it all right for teenagers to slaughter other characters in Everquest, but not for them to engage in sex chat in Sims Online? Is it fine for adults in Sims to engage in private sex chat, but not acceptable to advertise virtual bondage and discipline services, as dozens of Alphaville's virtual residents now do? "

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