Before reading your article I had a completely different perspective on Second Life. However, after understanding and reading your research I am pleased to say that I do have a lot more respect for the social platform then I did before. As you talk about how people from various cultures share the same beliefs and qualities, there is no doubt in my mind that there is no better way to interact with people of various cultures then in Second Life. Second Life should not be regarded as a “virtual world” but should rather be interpreted as another life in its own.
People can benefit in Second Life economically just like they can in the real world and this shown by the example given of Kimmy, Laura, BettyAnne and you. Not having a clear understanding of all the amenities of Second Life, Laura was unaware that she was able to make an income. However, you mentioned to Laura that she could do service work such as being a stripper or escort. This was striking to me because just like in the real world, there are also opportunities to earn an income and be economically successful in this life as well. While before reading your article I thought Second Life was just a place to meet other avatars and do entertaining things, I now understand that there is a serious economic aspect to it as well. People can own land and provide it to others as you also state in your article. However, just like in the real world, the finishing product (land) you invest in needs to be attractive to the consumers otherwise the amount of income you receive will not be as high. Again, thanks for the research you provided as I am now aware of the value that Second Life brings to individuals and families.