Check out this fascinating March 1 piece from the San Jose "Mercury News" about LA gangs staking out turf on the Internet and electronically "tagging" each other's sites. This could be an excellent social laboratory for testing out the theory that real world territorial disputes could be mitigated through the device of separating ideology from real estate, e.g. the virtual shrine. The Mercury piece contains some anecdotal evidence that could suggest otherwise, i.e. the reference to the chat room war of words that spilled over into an actual street brawl in Dallas. However, this might be an aberration, and the long term trend could be for the combatants' resources to be diverted to the struggle over virtual turf, especially if the software to design a custom 3D virtual MMOG-style world becomes as common as blog or webpage software.