Wagner James Au is author of the 2008 book, The Making of Second Life: Notes from The New World. From April 2003 to February 2006, he 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.
That contractual relationship has ended, but the story continues in his book and his New World Notes blog.
He’s been interviewed about his work as the embedded journalist for Second Life by CNN International, NPR’s All Things Considered, the BBC, The Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business Review, News.com, the San Jose Mercury, the Associated Press, Wired Online, Presstime, and the East Bay Express, among other publications. He has 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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