Michael Agger writes an interesting review for Slate of the kid's social networking site Club Penguin. The site where children roam and interact as penguins was sold recently for $700m to Disney. Michael's article brings the virtual world to life for all of us a little too busy or a little too uneasy to enter the place:

Michael Agger writes an interesting review for Slate of the kid's social networking site Club Penguin. The site where children roam and interact as penguins was sold recently for $700m to Disney. Michael's article brings the virtual world to life for all of us a little too busy or a little too uneasy to enter the place:

The first thing you notice is that everyone is really dressed up. When you click on another penguin, their “Player Card” appears. This shows all of the pins, hats, props, and accessories that the penguin has acquired by completing various missions and shopping at various stores. The net result is that a lot of penguins end up looking like Elton John. (As Emily Yoffe points out, you must have a paid subscription to Club Penguin to properly outfit your penguin.) Many initial penguin-to-penguin comments are sartorial in nature, such as “Where did you get that hat?” or “Nice outfit.” A common opener, though, is the one that the pink penguin directed my way: “boy or girl?”

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