Dear Mr. Boellstorff,
Your take on people's lives in Second Life is very interesting. It is especially interesting from my point of view because I don't know much about the obsession over Second Life completely understand its hold on people. However, the very fact there are "virtual ethnographies" being done tells you all you need to know about its wide reach. To consider Second Life a virtual culture in its own is to acknowledge the fact that many people relate more to their avatars than to their actual friends and family. It's a hard concept to grasp that someone could actually relate to "fake" people than "real" people, but to understand that you would probably have to know exactly what the person was going through.