"Late last year the avatar Anshe Chung, a property developer in the virtual world Second Life who is said to have made more than $1 million dollars on virtual real estate deals, was assaulted by flying phalluses in a 'griefer' attack during a live media interview. The attack brought to attention the increasing phenomenon of anti-social behavior on the web."
"We expected so much from the internet in the early days. It was to be a libertarian's paradise, where people could meet and form lasting relationships with other individuals from around the globe, free from the constraints of daily existence - all without having to leave their bedroom.
But it seems cyberspace may just be a magnification of the worst aspects of human nature. In the on-line world, users are bullied, assaulted, even raped. In the expanding world of online gaming and social networking, anti-social and malicious behavior has become universal enough to give birth to a whole new vocabulary of terms such as 'griefing' and 'trolling'. But can the worst aspects of cyberspace be regulated or is it a universe that is impossible to control?"
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