A few weeks ago the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet held the first-ever Congressional hearing about virtual worlds. The hearing focused more on Second Life than any other virtual world platform. I wasn’t back to blogging at the time, but the Washington Post did a nice article summarizing the proceedings. You can find the article here.
A few days later, in response to these hearings, Jon Stewart did a segment mocking the hearings, Second Life, and its residents.
The Second Life community responded in protest. Residents were most angry with the mocking of Susan Tenby (aka Glitteractica Cookie) due to her extensive work with the Nonprofit Commons. Tenby responded to Stewart with some examples of the nonprofit work in Second Life and a little humor.
The responses did not stop there. This week on their season closer of Metanomics, host Robert Bloomfield in response to the Jon Stewart remarks issued a challenge for Stephen Colbert to come into Second Life and be a guest on the show.
I doubt the challenge will be answered, but it is entertaining.