Business Insider has an article up on Second Life: Second Life Has Devolved Into A Post-Apocalyptic Virtual World, And The Weirdest Thing Is How Many People Still Use It. Karyne Levy wrote the article. He/She (?) quotes William Reed Seal-Foss a regular on the Metaverse Podcasts with a generally negative stand on Second Life.
While Karyne distorts what SL is and misses much of what is going on, the article is not that bad. It is just the typical ignorant writer writing without bothering to do more than a minimal amount of research on their article. A basic noobie thinking they know what SL is.
You can join BI and leave comments several have. Jo Yardley comments at length. She and others referred Karyne to Flickr’s SL Looking Good, which has some awesome pictures from within SL. Jo and a couple of others refer Karyne to Drax’s World Makers on YouTube. The play list there is getting impressive.
Jo does a good job responding to negative comments by bitter sounding people taking their shots at SL. Yay, Jo!
There is a group commenting at BI that claim special people get benefits the rest of SL users do not get. After reading a bunch of these comments a basic theme is clear. If you are a friend of the Lab you get special treatment. But, none of the people talking are those special friends. They just think such people exist, no proof is offered.
Those they have labeled as ‘special’ often come back saying they wish they were getting special treatment. These slanderous/libelous rumors have been around for all of SL’s life. Without some substantial proof they remain slanderous/libelous rumors.
Drop by BI and add your two cents. Vote the various comments up or down. The ignorant currently are more vocal than the knowledgeable.