Machinima Report

Friday, February 13, 2009

Virtual Gitmo Featured on PBS

Frontline Video interviews Bernhard Drax on Virtual Gitmo

Video blogger Bernhard Drax talks about the "Gone Gitmo" project, a re-creation of Guantanamo Bay in the virtual world Second Life. Bernhard Drax, better known as Draxtor Despres in SL, has carved out a niche as a virtual reporter specializing in international issues and human rights. Looking like a caricature of a curious NPR reporter, Draxtor showed up at a recent protest in SL's Virtual Israel where Palestinians and Israelis debated who was at fault for the bloodshed in Gaza. Draxtor talked with iWitness about his work and in particular a report he did on the "Gone Gitmo" SL site that has drawn international attention.

Gone Gitmo presented at UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism

Virtual Worlds and Interpretive Communities: Opportunties for Global Dialogue
Online religion, Cyberspace law and order, Avatar mediated cinema and virtual games will be among the topics discussed at an international conference, slated for February 16-17 in UNLV’s Greenspun Hall. Hosted by the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies and the Sammy Ofer School of Communication.
Las Vegas Sun article about the conference.