John Edwards Second Life Campaign HQ Vandalized

March 1, 2007 -
According to a post on presidential candidate John Edwards' official blog, the Democrat's Second Life campaign headquarters was trashed, apparently by Republican gamers:
Shortly before midnight (CST) on Monday, February 26, a group of republican Second Life users, some sporting "Bush '08" tags, vandalized the John Edwards Second Life HQ.  They plastered the area with Marxist/Lenninist posters and slogans, a feces spewing obsenity, and a photoshopped picture of John in blackface, all the while harrassing visitors with right-wing nonsense and obsenity-laden abuse of Democrats in general and John in particular.

The author of the blog post, identified only as robinrising, was apparently a witness to the incident and provided screen shots and chat logs to SL publisher Linden Lab for possible disciplinary action.

Comments

This is why Warcraft is so much better.

Sory to say this, but this POOL IS CLOSED DUE TO AIDS.

"they have good counter-griefing measures."

Wrong and wrong. We've destroyed the furries over nine thousand times, and do it daily.

[...] Reasons, according to MoJo: “The Edwards website features an interactive blog and 23 different social networking tools; Edwards sends text messages to supporters via the geek-chic site Twitter; and he maintains (an occasionally raucous) virtual campaign office in Second Life.” [...]

/b/rothers, they just did it for lulz!

Republicans Vandalize Edwards' Cyberspace Campaign HQ...

Because being a disruptive moron in real life isn't enough for some people......

Probably been said before, but this kind of thing has been happening in SL to all sorts of groups since the game came out. If you're a target, you're gonna get vandals. Maybe Edwards' web supporters should talk to the furries in SL (stop that laughing!), they have good counter-griefing measures.

Anonylol is my /b/rother!

I am the breckfag! PLEASE GIVE ME LITTLE BOYS TO FUCK!

john edwards tried to stick it in my pooper

Let's be honest, who among us DIDN'T see this coming? Anshe Chung gets interviewed by CNET, people interrupt it. Companies set up shop, people raid it. A politician set up an HQ to reach out to a larger audience, giving absolutely no consideration to the possibility that the majority of said audience doesn't vote, people vandalize it.

It's second life, exactly how people have the nerve to act surprised at this is beyond me.

Reelect Dubya in 08 and put the liberal faggots (like john edwards) in prison.

A vast majority of you are complete idiots. Murk loar. It was done for the lulz.

Also: mudkips, desu, etc.

Also: Ebaums did it.

I know it's not the Republicans and I doubt Lowtax and/or his buds at Something Awful had anything to do with the incident.

[...] Edwards’ Second Life Headquarters Vandalized [...]

@Khyris

...Marry me?

Edwards has lost my respect. Before looking into it his team immediately blame republicans. If they looked into it they would have found the real culprits.

I despise this kind of jumping to conclusions when republicans do it and it only disgusts me more when a democrat does it. Not just any democrat, one that I've respected and wanted to see in the white house since 04.

He's going to have to do quite a bit to earn back some respect.

[...] John Edwards Second Life Campaign HQ Vandalized [Game Politics] [...]

The partisan nonsense from both sides in this thread is abhorrent.
Either pick up a few books on U.S. legal code, or learn the scientific method before you ever use the word "This just proves...." in a sentence again.

Your basis of evidence is "some article you read on some blog on the internet about some incident of which you have no direct knowledge." And somehow you feel that justifies the conclusion: "It just goes to show that (insert group name here) who I make prejudicial and stereotypical statements about rather than judging each individual on their own faults and merits are living up to the self fulfilling prophecy I just made up. Anyone who doesn't believe my BS is just 'ignorant.'"

I am so sick of hearing "... oh you know... so and so must be up to no good, because we SUSPECTED them of being up to no good before, so it's a pattern!" Rely on proof... not every editorial you read on 'teh intrawebz!' (see first paragraph for definition of 'proof')

And for all the SUPER-uninformed out there, BOTH parties contain INDIVIDUALS who have DIFFERING opinions about racial relations. While I agree someone who offers a "whites only" scholarship is a racist... so is someone who offers a "minorities only" scholarship, so you can cram it about one party being more racist than the other. Both are equally guilty/innocent. Scholarships should be based on merit, effort, and maybe economic need provided the former two are met. Period. No one wants to succeed ONLY because they happen to be a minority... individuals want to succeed because they feel they deserve to, and self-esteem is an integral part of success.

NEVER judge someone based on race, either for bad OR good. Every individual should have the OPPORTUNITY (only) to do what they want with their lives, successful or not, and it has nothing to do with the color of their skin, or who they vote for like mindless sheep, but their internal moral fibre and the guidance of their parents. The word opportunity is very specific in definition. No one is "Guaranteed" any RIGHT to SUCCEED, nor does anyone have the RIGHT to go through life without ever seeing anything they might find offenseive. How boring would it be if everyone lived in THAT bubble?

Neither party is right "more often" than the other... as it was pointed out individual people change party affiliation all the time. Parties constituents constantly change, and therefore the viewpoints constantly change.

Please understand the irony in stating as proven fact: "If you don't believe my stereotypical statement that a given group always makes stereotypical assessements of the other group as 'ignorant,' then you are 'ignorant.'" The only proven fact here is that you are an ignorant stereotypist!

Seriously the IQ level of about half the posters seems to be about half of the level of the perpetrators. I'm angrier at you than some wierdos in some VR world that I don't care about. It's not worth my time to lambast you each individually, so sadly I must resign myself that most of you will just go on with your vitriolic existence assuming that this post "must not apply" to you. GP IS a proper place to discuss political matters... but learn some logic and keep an open mind if you intend to command any respect in presenting the issues of gamers to the outside world.

The SL 'natives' calling the W-hats and /b/tards immature is hilariously ironic. The latter parties don't built pathetic sex dungeons, they haven't lost their perception of reality, and they don't take the statement "I'm in the computer. The guy behind the keyboard is my typist." seriously. Grow up.

hahahaha this is amazing. I think its insane that politics and all that other garbage gets involved in second life. ITS A GAME PEOPLE! I play to get away from politicans and garbage like that. However, while i dont like government in my games, I do however find it amusing, when someone makes a mockery of them on a game.

[...] John Edwards Second Life Campaign HQ Vandalized [Game Politics] [...]

Judging by the response on this thread, it seems that a lot of lefties are COMPLETELY CLUELESS as to who did this. They reflexively think that the attack was done by Republicans/conservatives, and in doing so show their complete lack of knowledge about trolling in general. The way this attack was done, it is so obvious to anyone with a clue that it was done by 4chan /b/-tards. This whole episode tells me that left-wingers are just as quick to jump to incorrect conclusions as right-wingers.

As a member of a Second Life neighborhood watch group that deals extensively with griefers, I would suggest that the perpetrators are not, in fact, the '08 republicans they claim to be. The majority of in-world griefers choose identities and manufacture bogus group affiliations specifically to encite anger, confuse and misdirect. They are simply hacker jerks looking for unsecured targets that cause the most attention-getting trouble.

It appears to have worked in this case.

'“Bush ‘08? is a rather obvious joke, I hope you all realize that.
It’s rather unlikely that the raiders actually believed that Bush could be re-elected in ‘08 - it’s much more likely they chose it because it’s so ridiculous.'

Undoubtedly true, but it's also already being turned into something more 'meaningful' by both Linden Labs and the Political offices themselves. Regardless of the intention behind the act, any ammunition for promoting yourself and attacking your 'enemy' will be used. In politics this is even more the case.

The simple act of 'vandalising' (for want of a better word) something that has political ties will automatically be considered a statement by the opposite party, whether it was intended by the people who did it to be a statement or just because they could.

"Bush '08" is a rather obvious joke, I hope you all realize that.
It's rather unlikely that the raiders actually believed that Bush could be re-elected in '08 - it's much more likely they chose it because it's so ridiculous.

Patriotic Nigras FTW

But it IS a political statement, whether it was intended to be or not.

We're not /b/: we're from EBAUMSWORLD, right?

Hate mail welcome: patrioticnigrasSL@gmail.com

Doin' it for the lulz since 2006.

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NO IT WAS TEH RUPULBICANZORZ

NO IT WAS TEH COMMUNISTS

NO IT WAS TEH COTEMPORARY LIBERAL CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS OF THE 1940 REVOLUTION PARTY THAT WORKED WITH OSAMA

NO U

IT WAS FUCKING /B/ TARDS HAVING A GOOD TIME. WE DONT FUCKING CARE ABOUT YOU POLITICS!!1!1111!! THEY'R EBORING AS FUCK, WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE CRINGE WHEN YOU SAY THE WORD POLITICS?

YES WE ARE IMMATURE. YES IT IS FUCKEN HILARIOUS. YES YOU ARE ALL RETARDED FOR COMUNG UP WITH DUMBASS CONSPIRACY SHIT. YES YOU ARE ALL RETARDED FOR BLAMING "THE BIG BAD REPUBLICANS"

GOOD DAY SIR.

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[...] When the opposition vandalizes your virtual world. Just ask John Edwards. Maybe we should keep the political Second Lifers on their own islands. [...]

Well, they should have known better imo. I mean if john edwards came on a random forum of some internet website he would get a whole bunch of crap.

Not only "FIRST!" but also, other people's negative and positive feedback. And since its the intraweb you can say what you want. : \

I still find it humerous.

Agree w/anonymous. SL is SERIOUS BUSINESS and full of way too many furfags.

Second Life is full of the worst faggots on the Internet, the Edwards campaign team needs to understand they are not on the cutting edge of anything by setting up something in there.

IMA CHARGIN' MAH LAZZOR!!!!!!!


IM FIRIN' MAH LAZZOR!!!



SHOOOOOOOOP DA WHOOOOOOOOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!11!1

Funniest thing iv seen yet. Thats cool, although very immature.

Dont kid yourselves though. Dont act like polititians dont do this in the first place anyway. Dont ignore whats already there, and plain to see. Just because you dont believe in it in your mind set, doesnt mean it doesnt exisit.

Bush 08

Could be any Bush not necessarily George W

...Are you guys even listening?

This is /B/ vandalism we're talking about. This is NORMAL.

Something tells me you guys have never heard of Fort Longcat.

Ty

Even though i'm all for free speech, John Edwards is truly a douchebag.

Seriously, the guy wants to turn america into a communist nation

News to Edwards, communism is a broken system, it can't work!

@VioletSon
Wait no looked at the wrong post again. I did misread yours. Once again sorry about that.

Sorry I was going for another name my bad.

oh great.... we're being invaded by /b/tards....

@VioletSon
@catherine
@Nambo
@CaptainObvious
@vellocet
@mark
@others
Enough with the "Republicans/conservatives did it" bullshit. What would anyone in the political arena who wanted some kind of chance to run do this for.

If this got traced back to the support staff of any big name candidate on EITHER side of the aisle he or she could lose considerable face over it. Shit like this is great media fodder. They love to criticize smear campaigns while do it to their chosen opponents.

What a great news flash, "Xcanidate defaces Ycanidates online campaign".
Hell a good news network could play it up past that. Hell they would love for a chance to do a special on it and stir up some controversy.

Hell this looks like simple vandalism for the hell of it. Some people go out and grief others in ANY MMO, that is what they do for fun.

I don't know about the rest of the people who stand near the middle but I am fucking tired of the shit being thrown by the fringes flying over my head. Hell you hit your own "team" almost as much as you hit the other "team". If your gonna to continue to throw it why don't you go off to the side and throw it without other being caught in between you. We would like a chance to do things in a calm intelligent non knee jerk manner.

Damnit haven't been this mad with someone on this site in a while.

On a calmer note
Someone mentioned the phone thing in 04, Rove, and Nixon. Doesn't that make it more likely they didn't do it. When a republican fucks up they do something that gets their whole party in trouble. They fuck up big time, nothing in half measures.

Brokenscope
Read my post again before you try to call me out.

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Wait, wait, let me catch my breath.... ok.

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Typical behavior of Republicans. Intellectually inadequate, they lash out in the only way they understand. It's sad really.

We are not republicans, we are not democrats. We do it for the lulz.

You can't stop us.

Our mission is hate.
Anonymous does not forgive.
Anonymous does not forget. Ever.
United as one. Divided by zero.

lol we be supportin' teh bush!

Terrorism in SL by Republicans.

Ironic.

WE DID IT FOR THE LULZ! NO MORE, NO LESS!
 
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