"Doubledown's Dinky Rants"
... a rant that may be mildly to severly unimportant ( with a sarcastic humorous tone ) but will also hopefully point out an underlining issue that may want to be considered for the future.
Recently I've been noticing a few people talking about how "Second Life is dead." The quick links to their articles are not HERE, HERE, & HERE, which I'm not going to bother to link to.
That's pretty funny to me how, yet again, for the 3rd or 4th or 5th summer in a row, some journalist, or some educationalist, or mostly just a statistics firm trying to make their mark decides to contrive an article about Second Life.
It is obvious to any frequent SL resident that these stories about SL being dead are based on looking at a month or so of some LL stats... AND THATS ALL! It's not a SL resident that IS in fact inworld, most every day, alive... not dead.... ALIVE!.
So... in my opinion... Second Life isn't dead.... If you think it is, then YOUR Second Life is dead, but not everyone else's. Summer stats showing premium member declines mean NOTHING! It's Summertime. People go outside. People leave college. Quite frankly, who wants to play Second Life when the birds are outside chirping and its a great day for the beach?!
I would advise research firms to stop writing about the end of Second Life, because when you do, it becomes clear you don't use Second Life, and have no clue what you're writing about. By doing this, you discredit yourself and everything else you write. Why don't you spend a year or two living with the natives before you write about us and our world.