Help! Someone Is Being Virtually Abused!

A Republican congressman from Illinois wants to ban Second Life from libraries, schools, any ‘ole public arena one must assume. From CNET News today:

Rep. Mark Kirk, who is seeking reelection this year, staged a press conference at a library in his suburban Chicago district on Tuesday to highlight what he called the “dangers” of the virtual world to children. Flanked by local officials, he also released a letter asking Federal Trade Commission Chairman William E. Kovacic to “to take action to warn parents of the similar dangers and sexually explicit content found on Second Life.” “Sites like Second Life offer no protections to keep kids from virtual “rape rooms,” brothels and drug stores,” Kirk said, according to a press release. “If sites like Second Life won’t protect kids from obviously inappropriate content, the Congress will.”

Nevermind that real sexual predators can be found in real life in most real neighborhoods. For instance, on the official, free GBI sexual predator registration site I found four registered sex offenders in my zip code… that’s four with the last name of “Smith.”

According to some other site (one that mocks the official, GBI Georgia Sex Offender Registry in order to extract a fee from the consumer/web surfer for information that is free by law here), my ‘hood is totally crawling with pervs!

There are actually 166 registered sex offenders in my one Georgia zip code alone. But what the hay. Who needs to worry about policing real sex offenders in our midst when there are cartoon characters out there committing all those virtual crimes… right under our (children’s) noses.


  1. StevePerkins says:

    Putting aside the fact that this is just flavor-of-the-week pandering to get a politician’s name in the news… how can kids use Second Life in a library anyway? I’ve never played the game, so correct me if I’m getting this wrong… but my understanding is that Second Life is NOT browser-based. To play the game, you have to download client software and install it on the computer. I imagine there isn’t a public library in the country that doesn’t already have policies in place to bar patrons from installing software on the computers, so where’s the issue here?

  2. Chris says:

    The issue is that THERE ISN’T A LAW TO STOP IT!!!!!!!!

    And that this jack-off needed a press release for his campaign.

    Finally, I don’t know where Spacey lives, but there are only 3 in my zip code.

    Interestingly, the GA State Capitol has its own Zip Code – 30334. There are two registered sex offenders in 30334.

  3. There are a gazillion sexual predators down the street from my house….in jail.

    I’m with Steve on this one. I don’t know how this could happen.

  4. Rick Day says:

    Steve, point of clarification:

    SL is not a ‘game’ really, its just a place to be, just like the old AOL chat rooms. Its a virtual society that has an economy, vices, and personalities, buildings, structures, fan clubs and sport games, just like FL, or First Life (what you Norm’s call reality>/i>).

    Can it be kinky? Just as much as real life. But can it be dangerous? No. Why? One can simply ‘pull the plug’ if physically or emotionally attacked in SL and reprot the perp for swift justice. There is in no way, shape or form the level of trauma that transends SL incidents from FL ones.

    Actually, having some brute throw you down and attempt to rape you in SL is about as threatening as if a dog started humping your leg in FL.

    I agree with you that this is pandering in its worse form (btw, speaking of pandering, how DID you vote for the pot candy law?).

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