Standup Comedy over IP

by Keith Weiner

The Internet has been the venue for many experiments that asked what would happen if some source of friction was reduced or eliminated. For example, eBay allows many millions of buyers to get stuff they want, and many millions of sellers to unload stuff they don't want. And Google has made high-quality information available to anyone. There are many more examples of technologies that have completely changed how we do things.

On the other hand, there are examples where nothing fundamental changed as a result of the new technology. Voice over IP comes to mind. Sure, VoIP squeezed the cost out of phone calls, but have people dramatically increased the amount of phone calls they make?

Now that we've put 3D spatial voice technology into Second Life, I am thinking about what this will let people do, or do more easily. One idea that came to mind was standup comedy. Think about it.