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Wall Street Journal LogoI’ve got a piece on the WSJ op-ed page today arguing that it is time for mainstream media and business to start paying closer attention to the 3D internet.  It will definitely be old hat to everybody who reads VB regularly (business and government buy-in, 3D interfaces, faster processors, etc.) but it will be new to a lot of WSJ readers, and I’m really happy that the Journal was willing to put the arguments we 3D internet evangelist types kick around all the time out there where even people who haven’t sought out these ideas will find them.

Also, I want to give a shout-out to the folks at Virtual World News for the numbers re: investment in virtual worlds for the first half of 2008.  Length restrictions kept me from giving them (and other stat sources) references in the piece, but these guys are the #1 source for serious coverage of business in virtual worlds, and they deserve acknowledgement.  If you’re arriving here via the op-ed piece and are intrigued by this stuff, check out Virtual World News, and if you’re really intrigued, sign up for the Virtual Worlds Expo in LA this fall.

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6 Responses to “Clippings: Benjamin Duranske on WSJ Op-Ed Page, “The 3D Internet Will Change How We Live””

  1. on 17 Jul 2008 at 7:55 amKit Meredith

    Wow Ben, congratulations! You must be thrilled. Great piece, too.

  2. on 17 Jul 2008 at 9:40 amBenjamin Duranske

    Thanks, Kit. I’m definitely thrilled to get the opportunity to put this stuff in front of a mainstream audience. Early readers will remember that this blog and my writing on virtual law was supposed to basically be a hobby to keep me involved in legal stuff for a bit while I worked on a historical novel involving a modern-day maritime historian, Panama, and 16th century pirates (which, for those keeping score at home, I actually am still working on). I thought that stepping back from practice last year would be a bit of a break from the law, but I’ve been working harder than ever! Not that I’m complaining — it’s been an incredible ride so far, and this hardly feels like work to me. I think I’ll go buy a few papers. :)

  3. on 17 Jul 2008 at 10:13 amDan Rosenthal

    Congrats on getting in the WSJ!

  4. on 17 Jul 2008 at 10:34 amSophrosyne Stenvaag

    Very nice op-ed, Ben! I can’t wait for that novel: you’re a wonderful writer, with a great gift for entertaining explanation.

    BTW, we’ve got a few lovely storefront offices along our beachfront promenade in Extropia, if you’re still looking…

  5. on 17 Jul 2008 at 1:11 pmKenan Farrell

    Nice work! WSJ!

    I am no longer content to leave these comments when I could be leaving these comments while driving down a snowy mountain road!

  6. on 17 Jul 2008 at 1:30 pmAshcroft Burnham


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