World of Warcraft is Bigger Than Denmark (Via Kotaku.) Online RPGs are undoubtedly going to have an increasingly real effect on our real lives. If Cartoons in Denmark can spark world-wide riots, how long will it be before events in World of Warcraft have real-world consequences? In individual lives, of course, they already do.
This is similar to the point I make in my read/write web presentations when I paraphrase conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt, who asked in his book Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation that’s Changing Our World, what can be more “real” than politics? This he follows with story after story of blogs affecting national politics.