An economic analysis of Second Life

| February 21, 2007

I love it when I see someone actually crunch the numbers. In these two articles, Randolph Harrison at Capitalism 2.0 applies real-world financial analysis to the Second Life economy — and decides that it matches the characteristics of a high-yield investment program, if not an all-out Ponzi scheme. Here are the articles:

Give the recent resurgance in media coverage of Second Life (including a three-part series on a local news channel here in Denver), these articles are worth reading. Hat tip to Valleywag. ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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