Ok, I'm coming out. I've got a Webkinz. His name is Koko. He's a cuddly silverback gorilla. But it's an academic interest. No, really. My fall into deep gorilla love began about two weeks ago, when a sharp young architect I know scolded me for failing to connect with the interests of my NetGen children. I've watched my kids play in Webkinz world on our computer for a long time now, mostly just looking on from afar, being mildly annoyed at the sounds coming out of the arcade, but (the shame) not really paying much attention to the thing other than glancing over the rules of engagement to convince myself that it is safe for them.