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The new New World Notes is at nwn.blogs.com. Please visit it there.

From April 2003 to February 2006, I was a contract writer for Linden Lab, creators of Second Life, primarily hired by the company to cover SL as an embedded journalist in an emerging society-- its controversies, its personalities, its innovations and ambitions, along with larger themes of identity, social norms and organization, and cultural expression important to online worlds in general. All published stories were chosen by me, without any oversight by Linden Lab, based only on my editorial judgement as being relevant to this mission. Any opinions expressed in them are mine or the quoted Residents alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or desires of anyone else at Linden Lab.

Apart from New World Notes, I’ve been a regular freelance writer for Salon and Wired for the past eight-ten years, along with writing for the Los Angeles Times, Lingua Franca, Game Developer, Gamespot, Gameslice, and other publications, primarily on game culture and the game industry, along with politics, film, and pop culture. I am also a screenwriter (my script Future Tense was optioned by Canal Plus in 2001), and as a game developer, wrote for Electronics Arts’ groundbreaking conspiracy thriller Majestic and was a designer on America’s Army: Soldiers, an offshoot of the popular America’s Army game. My Salon articles have been syndicated by numerous publications, and has been cited/ featured in the Village Voice, Reason, France’s Liberation, The SF Bay Guardian, and Australia’s public radio network ABC.

I’ve been interviewed about my work as the embedded journalist for Second Life by CNN International, NPR’s All Things Considered, the BBC, The Los Angeles Times, News.com, the San Jose Mercury, the Associated Press, Wired Online, Presstime, and the East Bay Express, among other publications. I have spoken on the subject for The Education Arcade (sponsored by MIT), twice at South by Southwest in Austin, and twice at State of Play (sponsored by Yale and New York Law School.)

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