Hurricanes and Virtuality
Posted by Terra Nova [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 October 2012, 3:03 pm
Edward CastronovaLong ago (in internet time) Facebook began letting people give each other virtual gifts. Last month, Facebook enabled this virtual system to purchase and send tangible gifts. The world yawned. Therefore, Facebook announced it would have an event at FAO Schwarz in Noo York City! At this event, the world would learn how many exciting opportunities the Facebook Gift program would provide. Strikes me as a big coupon book, but hey. Anyways, Hurricane Sandy has come along and canceled the event. I keep thinking of computing as a slow hurricane, massively forceful, irresistable, steadily raising the waters and drowning the...

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