I've been so busy I haven't had time to brag ;) I got interviewed a while back by Cade Metz of PC Magazine for his article "The Ins and Outs of Virtual Worlds", the article went live April 7th, see here, and in print. Check it out it's a very comprehensive overview of Second Life and virtual worlds.
I was even more excited that following this interview I saw a presentation by Bruce Damer, a real virtual world expert, who affirmed a lot of my opinions around the future of Second Life. He also doesn't see this as the next version of the web. He made the point that we're moving to mobile which doesn't provide the best experience for 3D worlds. Again it's all about moving to a more efficient and seamless experience. 3D add an extra layer of interaction that detracts from that.
Check out Bruce's slide show of the virtual world timeline, will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the history of virtual worlds. He also talked about the idea of "emotional neutrality" produced by the "wired existence". Very cool idea that I tried to blog on but thought better you check it out for yourself here and here.