With the recent announcement that Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale was stepping down, only a few months after the departure of CTO Cory Ondrejka, it's time to consider Second Life: TheNext Generation. If ever there was a textbook example of the Gartner Hype Cycle look no further than this virtual world. Fourteen months ago Second Life's in-world Reuters bureau contacted Gartner analyst Steve Prentice and at that time he saw the platform somewhere betwixt the "peak of inflated expectations" and "the trough of disillusionment." Can Second Life and its partners reach the last of Gartner's five phases --- the "slope of enlightenment"?
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