CNN enters Second Life

Just as CNN asks its real-life audience to submit I-Reports — user-generated content submitted from cell phones, computers, cameras and other equipment for broadcast and online reports — the network is encouraging residents of Second Life to share their own “SL I-Reports” about events occurring within the virtual world.

CNN citizen journalism everywhere you turn! It is interesting to speculate how many teachers are abreast of citizen journalism trends, and the impact of these types of initiatives.

Read the report or watch this introductory video from CNN.

  • 1 thought on “CNN enters Second Life

    1. Judy, an interesting concept. Second Life certainly seems to offer a lot of innovative opportunities for students and teachers with virtual simulation and collegial interactivity.I wonder about the security, moderation and management of it from a teacher’s perspective. I imagine that it is possible to set up ‘quaranteened’ experiences so just a class or a school group can be involved in a tailored experience but also have the option to open it up to others?

      With regard to citizen journalism there has been some interesting debate about this. I have noted an interview recently on Late Night Live where it has been attacked in that people sending in reports aren’t journalists; they are just telling what they see from their own narrow perspective and that while it provides for the possibility of a lot more ‘stuff’ to be put out there it endangers real journalism and real discernment.But I have heard the counter arguement as well. Some further debate will no doubt go on.

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