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Posted: Sep 30th 2008 2:38PM (Unverified) said

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His perspective will be missed, but there are a growing number of independent views in-world (including yourself) that provide other perspectives.

Sure, the Reuters name perks up some ears, but then who ever heard of Matt Drudge or Pervez Hilton before they sparked?

Time will tell.

Posted: Sep 30th 2008 9:49PM (Unverified) said

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On the bright side, maybe it means virtual worlds are no longer so unique and amazing that they need special, dedicated Reuters reporters.

It's not like Reuters is embedding people in World of Warcraft...

Posted: Oct 1st 2008 1:32AM (Unverified) said

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This is good news for Eric, because now he can get a real job and get started on his post J-school career.

But it's bad news for the world because it means Reuters isn't really manning a bureau there, and taking it as an actual place. I imagine it will fade away like other big corporations because they won't find enough to do. Eric was really good at mining all the drama for the nuggets of actual stories, but there are only so many. SL is still at the level of samizdat, as it is a closed society.

Posted: Oct 1st 2008 2:42PM (Unverified) said

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Of late, I had noticed that the number of postings to the Reuters page had declined and that all comments were closed - in fact, they were never opened.

I have to say that I have always used the Reuters Second Life site as a source of information, the quality of which is very different from many other SL news outlets. Eric's articles use a more serious tone and never degenerate to squabbling between minorities or end-up focusing on trivia.

I wish Eric the best as he moves on to "spend more time with his real life" and I hope that Reuters will be open to maintain a presence here, even on a limited basis.

Perhaps the folks at Reuters might want to contact some freelance in-world journalists...

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