Politics in Alphaville, an Online Community

The candidates are picked. The campaigns are underway. And the presidential election is set for this weekend — in Alphaville, that is. Thousands of avatars live and work in Alphaville, a thriving online community with lots of issues. NPR's Neal Conan and guests provide a guided tour through the virtual politics — and the very real economics — of online communities.


Arthur Baynes, , 21-year-old incumbent president of Alphaville

Laura McKnight, 14-year-old running for president of Alphaville as 'Ashley Richardson'

Henry Jenkins, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Comparative Media Studies Program

Edward Castranova, economist at California State University at Fullerton

Julian Dibbell, online merchant and contributing editor to Wired magazine



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