Often in mainstream media interviews I'm asked if the typical Second Life user is an anti-social housebound dweller who only logs into SL because they don't have a first life. The assumption has always seemed strange to me, because while there must be some Residents who fit that hoary stereotype, I personally know many more who decidedly don't.
Just one case in point: Rik Riel, who covered Second Life events for this blog for a couple years, joined a non-profit that uses SL as an educational tool for inner city youth... and on some weekends, can be spotted on center stage in Manhattan's Central Park, dancing with "the female James Brown", the eminent funk/soul singer Ms. Sharon Jones. (Which is actually a reprise of Rik and Sharon performing at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater last year.) Who has time for stereotypes, when the reality busts a move so goddamn well?
Update, 12:18pm: Added a NWN archive pic of Rik twirling old school style in SL.