Contents: Don Heider: Introduction - James D. Ivory: Technological Developments and Transitions in Virtual Worlds - Marianne Ryan: The Sociotechnical Infrastructures of Virtual Worlds - Aleksandra K. Krotoski/Evanthia Lyons/Julie Barnett: The Social Life of Second Life: An Analysis of the Social Networks of a Virtual World - David Boyns/Sima Forghani/Elena Sosnovskaya: MMORPG Worlds: On the Construction of Social Reality in World of Warcraft - Nan Zheng: When Geography Matters in a Virtual World: In-game Urban Planning and Its Impact on the Second Life Community - David Beer/Beverly Geesin: Rockin' with the Avatars: "Live" Music and the Virtual Spaces of Second Life - Don Heider: Identity and Reality: What Does It Mean to Live Virtually? - Jaime Loke: Identity and Gender In Second Life - Edward Castronova et al.: Virtual World Economics: A Case Study of the Economics of Arden - J. Sonia Huang: Real Business and Real Competition in the Unreal World - Jia Dai: Virtual Worlds, Real Brands: A Critical Interrogation of Commodification in Second Life - Peter Spangler/James Morgan: Toward a Democratic Theory of Synthetic Worlds - Paul Hollins/Sarah Robbins: The Educational Affordances of Multi User Virtual Environments - Dustin Harp: Virtual Journalism and Second Life.
The Editor: Don Heider is an author, researcher, and award-winning broadcast news journalist. He has authored/edited several books including Managing Television News: A Handbook for Ethical and Effective Producing (co-authored with Bill Silcock and Mary Rogus), Class and News and White News: Why Local News Programs Don't Cover People of Color.