Our Brilliant Second Life is a short documentary from a series called, Podlove, that screened on SBS television. Each episode of Podlove explores how communication technologies have influenced and impacted human relationships.
In this episode we meet couple Blair and Diana who fulfil their lives and relationship on Second Life, a virtual world developed by Linden Lab in San Francisco and launched in 2003. In Second Life, users create avatars and socialise with other avatars. They can build, create, perform, shop, and trade virtual property and services with one another. It's an extraordinary example of how a online 'game' runs parallel to the real world and is similar to other multiplayer online role-playing games such as World of Warcraft.
This is an engagingly short and sharp mini-documentary that is both informative and entertaining. Seeing the real life Blair and Diana discuss their avatar alter egos is particularly interesting and perhaps a little bewildering, but it's done with such nonchalance that it becomes intriguing. The short format is perfect, it gives us a tantalising glimpse into the secret lives of others before we have time to really question their lifestyle choice.