In the article with a title of "Second Life still living its first one" at http://money.cnn.com/2007/12/20/technology/kirkpatrick_rosedale.fortune/..., I read the following:
Now over 100 colleges and universities are holding classes inside Second Life, and Rosedale says 4,000 educators are on a special e-mail list Linden Lab maintains.
The rest of the article deals with things like the number of people using Second Life, how extensive it is now, its future technical plans such as with HTML, its profitability and other such related things.A However, I found this one quote somewhat alarming.A I have previously read that there were one or two classes being experimentally being held in SL but not that there are over 100 colleges and universities that have classes there now.A Also, I wonder what sort of information is being sent to these 4,000 educators.A Among my concerns include how many new young people may potentially be introduced and become addicted to this who otherwise would not be plus what happens should a person who already knows about their addiction problem to SL, or even to something similar like an MMORPG, needs to, or even just wants to, take one of these classes that are being held in SL?A For the latter concern, is any provision being made to try to accommodate any such people?
I realize that a short quote like the one above does not provide any details but I think that it is better to be proactive regarding potential problems before they yet exist or are too serious rather than be reactive after the fact.
- John O.
[em]Carpe Diem![/em] (Seize the Day!)