Getting Involved

by Daniel H. Steinberg

The seasons are changing once again - here in the U.S. it's election season. Are you sufficiently involved? Tom Steinberg of mySociety talks about some of the tools available in the U.K.. Too real for you? Jim Purbrick talks about creation and community in Second Life. (DTF 10-16-2006: 18 minutes, 40 seconds)

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Distributing the Future October 16, 2006: "Getting Involved"

0:55 Your Society

Tom Steinberg founder of mySociety talks about getting involved in politics. If you are from the U.K. you can find out who your local representatives are using You can see how they've voted using You can also get together with some of your neighbors and together resolve to take action using (7:35)

8:20 Creativity and Community in Second Life

For many, their time spent in Second Life is as real as any so called real world experience that you might have. Jim Purbrick talks about Second Life and the contributions of the community members. He has some thoughts on why the rate of participation in Second Life is so high.(9:40)

Total running time: 18:40

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

The credits, including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together. We also ran it through the levelator.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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