As Netroots Nation draws closer, are you despondent because the convention is so far away and so financially out of reach? Do you long to hobnob with the likes of Jerome a Paris, Hunter and Markos Moulitsas, but lack the time, money, energy and wherewithal to make it to Pittsburgh? Are you perhaps a wallflower who's better off behind a keyboard?
Then Netroots Nation in Second Life is for you. It's all online through the multimedia environment of Second Life, and it's absolutely free.
Join us tonight at 9:00PM Eastern, 6:00PM Pacific for Virtually Speaking with Jimbo Hoyer (and Daily Kos's own cskendrick!) and we'll walk you through Netroots Nation in Second Life.
First, the basics:
Tonight Jay Ackroyd (better known in Second Life as Jimbo Hoyer) and DailyKos's own cskendrick sit down with NNSL Executive Director Jillan McMillan, Assistant Director Hypatia Eames and Programming Director Zathras Afarensis to give you the lowdown on what NNSL is and how to participate.
There are two ways to participate in tonight's show. You can join us live in Second Life at Inworld Studios (if you're not an existing Second Life resident, see this diary for more info on how to become one), or listen to the podcast at Virtually Speaking's website. Listening to the podcast might be easier for those who aren't technically inclined, but if you join us at Inworld Studios you can interact with the crowd and get all your questions answered!
Basic info about Netroots Nation in Second Life:
For the third year in a row we'll be taking advantage of the rich multimedia capabilities of Second Life to bring you live streaming audio and video from Netroots Nation right to your own computer monitor. Through Second Life we're able to bring you not only streaming video, but also real time discussion and participation in the panels from the comfort of your own home, exclusive online panels and information displays from nonprofit organizations, online retailers and great progressive companies. Oh, and did we mention it's free?
One more plug:
Two weeks ago the Netroots Nation in Second Life organization was proud to host an interview with Marshall Thompson, an Army journalist who, upon returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, walked the entire length of his home state of Utah in an attempt to engage like-minded Utahns in a discussion about war and peace. The experience was made into a film called A Soldier's Peace. The film has been selected for presentation at film festivals all over the United States and has received rave reviews. We had hoped to premiere the film online at our previous event, but ran into some technical difficulties. We plan to reschedule for as soon as possible, and we'll keep you posted. For more info on the film and on Marshall Thompson, please visit the film's website at www.asoldierspeace.com.