Virtual Bourgeois

Just An Analog Guy Trying to Upgrade For a Digital World

Talk About Your “New Economy”…

Posted by Gerald on August 28, 2008

The BBC is reporting that researchers at Manchester are estimating that half-a-million people in the “developing world” are earning wages by producing virtual goods in online games.  I have such a mixed reaction to this.  First there is a sense of wonder at the ingenuity of coming up with this as a way to survive, then there is the horror of realizing that the sweatshop is now going online, and finally my despair at the income inequality that the existence of this revenue stream points to.

“Brave new world” and all that.

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