Second Life and the United States House of Representatives

 

 


On Thursday, January 4, 2007, the swearing-in ceremony for the new Speaker of the House took place in Second Life for an audience of 80 reporters, seated in an elegant recreation of the House of Representatives chamber created by Clear Ink, a Berkeley-based Second Life design firm.

Here's what you saw in Second Life: the House of Representatives .  The design and construction took two weeks, and, when you are in SL, search for "Capitol Hill", teleport there, and fly around.

The avatars for Nancy Pelosi and George Miller are constantly being updated; this is what they looked like in January, 2007.

George Miller, Nancy Pelosi, John Gage 

Congressman George Miller, Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, responded to questions from the press corps for almost an hour.  His avatar stood in front of the House podium, as the moderator, ......., fielded questions from press representatives.  His responses were audible to everyone; he used Skype, which streamed into Second Life and emerged in-world as a media stream.

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