The following is the powerpoint from Barry Joseph's keynote at the SLEDcc 2008 Second Life educator's convention. Barry write that: "In it I introduce a term I have coined, "the ludic life," and discuss its implications for Second Life and learning. In short, Eric Zimmerman, the game designer, has recently been making the argument that we have entered "a ludic century." We once moved from an industrial age to an information age. However, we are now interacting with that information in a way Zimmerman finds best described as ludic, which is not to say everything is becoming a game but rather game/play dynamics, aesthetics and sensibilities will increasingly define our social interactions.
"While Zimmerman uses Wikipedia as his example, I am looking to articulate that Second Life is a better example and, more importantly, the way in which SL allows users to combine their real life identities and practices within a ludic context not only makes it a powerful space for teaching people how to live a ludic life, but it also becomes the key defining characteristic of the Second Life experience. The ramifications are tremendous and will be explored, both at the keynote and within this group."
It is highly recommended to not just view the images but download and view with full notes. It's rather dense.
In fact, the full recommendation is to go to http://www.rezed.org/group/ludiclife to watch the powerpoint while listening to the presentation audio or watching the video.