365 days of SL, day 206:
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It's still amazing how much and how quickly places can change. I didn't ask what I used to be at this particular location in northern Corsica, but apparently whatever it was, it is gone now, replaced by... well, pretty much nothing.
Some people take this sort of thing as evidence that SL is dying, but personally, I don't, and I think those who do fail to take into account that it's natural to have a certain rate of turnover. Old places die, new places spring up; it's part of how the world works. Everything comes to an end eventually, and locations in SL are no exception, but SL is teeming with life and creativity and activity elsewhere, so rumors of its death are greatly exaggerated.
The fact that these rumors have persisted for years is also evidence for that, I think. If SL has been dying for so long, shouldn't it be dead by now? Of course eventually it will die; "everything comes to an end eventually" also applies to SL as a whole, and no doubt the Cassandras of the metaverse will then claim that they said it all along. Pshaw — every dog has his day, and even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
There are some objective metrics that are harder to argue with, of course, e.g. Tyche Shepherd's ongoing surveys; but while data is one thing, its interpretation is quite another. And while it isn't booming, I myself see no evidence of SL facing significant existential threats, no matter what the doom prophets might say. :)
Location: Foreck (158, 160, 44) (The Mangrove swamp and Villain's Lair)