Newt Gingrich Speaks in Second Life, Gets Heckled, Greeted by Naked Female Avatar

September 28, 2007 -
Last week GamePolitics reported that conservative politician (and potential 2008 presidential candidate) Newt Gingrich would be making a Second Life appearance, and so it has come to pass.

The Click Hear Round the World has a detailed report:
Gingrich spoke about a number of issues, including the environment, relations with China, social conservatism, and the upcoming elections.  He seemed quite interested in the idea of a "3D web" and seemed fairly well-informed and jazzed about Second Life...

He noted that he was most interested in Second Life being used to bring together Republic and Democratic candidates. "I'm concerned that we are going too far on partisanship," explained Gingrich...

Newt talked about creating a "Second Legislation" sim where legislators from the national and state levels could come together to share views on important subjects and bills, without the need for expensive travel.  This was pretty far-fetched, but definitely interesting.

There were also protesters:
It was a packed sim at 50-some avatars, including five friends of mine protesting.  It seemed to me to be a good balance between conservative supporters... and protesters who were able to "shout" their message via text chat.  Newt got to have his say, and the opposition was able to be present and vocal as well.  A real life event would not be quite so inclusive.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in a profile on Gingrich, gave the SL appearance a mention:
Gingrich's "American Solutions" project is a collection of workshops... designed to look at the nation's problems through the lens of new technology.

The most radical example was a question-and-answer session that Gingrich hosted in "Second Life," an on-line realm in which large numbers of people — using 3-D characters — interact with each other.

The "metaverse" is an important way to create new kinds of classrooms with participants from all over the world, Gingrich said. "This is the new technology of the 21st century," he said.

There were some bugs. The comments of cyber-hecklers had to be removed. And upon arriving in a digital amphitheater, Gingrich's figure was immediately approached by a lovely young digital lady, who arrived moments before her clothes did.

GP has tracked down a brief (55 seconds) YouTube clip which show Gingrich working and speaking at his laptop while his Second Life appearance is being projected live on a big screen located behind him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UbADZklwe0

Comments

I think this whole second life thing is kinda a waste...I know they are trying to reach a younger base and I admire that...but they should be more worried about acting on promises they make and preparing for a possible win...not making a good second life avatar.

...in a debate with 50 people, and bacause it's now been done so much. d'ya think these second life visits are still beneficial to candidates? or do they fall on deaf or unimpressed ears?

The "Second Legislation" idea is quite a sensible one- nothing that can't be done with, say, MSN or even a standard online-compatible game, but it's certainly a better application of the technology for political gain than any number of overwrought virtual campaign offices and the like we've seen already.

/b

His avatar looks to thin, furthermore, it doesn't match his head. Superficiality aside (oh wait, we are talking about Politicians in Second Life), the virtual meetingspace would work better if we could take it out of the computer monitor. Either a hologram like in Star Wars or even better, a virtual space like in Ghost in the Shell would be preferred.

ROFLMAO!

Looking at the guy on the right side of the picture in the background, it looks like he's thinking:

Dammit! I hate when these things go on for so long! I GOTTA PEE!

Ok, I'll behave now. :)

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His avatar isn't fat enough...

Thanks for the linkee love.

Note that the other 5 weren't heckling as much as peacefully protesting.

Heckling would be if their "shouting" were affecting people's ability to listen to Gingrich. It didn't, since Gingrich was using the voice stream and they were typing in chat. If someone found it particularly annoying, they could just "mute" the protester's chat.

Riight.. if we maybe had a longer clip i'd be in a position to laugh at another fogey trying to reach out, but I just can't do that right now.

Why is GP so interested in Second Life? It's really not that interesting or influential in any facet, unless you count the "terrorism" culture and the community's reaction to it. I don't think GP has ever covered that though, so meh.

If he wanted to hit the real MMO gaming masses he should have done this on WOW :lol:

@Gavin Schmitt
Agreed! LOL.

Newt Gingrich is complaining we are "going too far on partisanship?" Ha, ha, ha...oh my, ahahahaha! Excuse me, I need to go comprehend the amount of hypocrisy in that statement. Hoo, boy...
 
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