The above link came to me via Facebook to the Long Now Blog. I guess anyone who knows me will know why this post was so important to me.
Firstly it describes how people, often with real life problems, can use virtual worlds to re-engage socially with people, and how meaningful they can become. But there is also the fact that most people simply don't care about virtual reality, and for the people playing EA Games that mean that there world ended.
But perhaps most interesting is the work of Preserving Virtual Worlds, who try to keep a record of the virtual communities that come and go.
I am not sure if Second Life is going to die, certainly there is evidence that it is faltering but perhaps my own disengagement from the entire idea of virtual reality is clouding my judgement. I simply can't recapture the intense excitement I felt just 3 years ago for the concept of virtual space.
Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life