Linden Lab is the company that everybody who uses its virtual world platform, Second Life, loves to hate. Just have a quick look around the forums and blogs: They’re always rife with whining and conspiracy theories about how it exists only to piss off its customers, “steal their content” etc. Personally, I’ve lost count of all the incidents that have been met with overly dramatic responses from many vocal parts of the user community.
As for the media’s perception of the Lab, Second Life and its users? If you believe the pundits, the Lab is a failed company, Second Life is dead and its (remaining) users are – at best – a mix of maladjusted losers, ranging from perverted zoophiles to /b/tarded script kiddies and from wannabe mall cop/superheroes to obese, basement-dwelling men dressing up their avatars with various versions of the Skank-O-Matic 2000™ uniform.