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If a Tree Falls in the Woods and Everyone is Watching, Will Anyone Clean Up the Mess?

FRYE0E2FB7FC41M.MEDIUM.jpgSo, there’s this online reality TV deal called Lifecaster, right? Lots of the kids these days, they tape themselves all Ed style, and you can go on over there and watch folks go on about their mundane lives. I don’t know why anyone would want to watch someone else fiddle around on their Facebook page and Twitter, but there you go.

Anyway, so this one guy, a 19-year-old kid, he decides to kill himself on camera. Hahaha, right? What a practical joker! And all these people are watching him, live, swallow some pills, and they’re all whooping it up, having a great time watching this dude off himself, encouraging him, and waiting around for the punchline.

Only the punchline never arrives — they sat there and watched the guy fall into the afterlife. Live on the Internet. And, after several hours, the police arrived, and they were still watching the guy, leaving stupid little OMG WTF comments like it was online entertainment. Because that’s what the online world has become. Voyeuristic to the point of absurdity.

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Wow, that is so completely unfathomable to me. Is it possible that those watching could face some kind of legal action? Failure to render aid or some such?

I would actually hope not, how would anyone know he was serious in the first place, that he was actually taking real pills. I read another article that said some of the people contacted the webmaster of the page so the police could be called, so something was done. I think the absurdity is on the person who killed himself, I have no idea why someone would want to end their life this way, would have to be horrible for the remaining family.

I read this a number of times and still can not quite wrap my brain around the fact that anyone could hate their family and friends enough to do this to them and leave them to live with this forever.

So... totally unrelated to this post, but holy crap, I passed the Cali Bar!

Damn! Now I have the be an attorney. ;)

I can't remember exactly when or where but there was a woman broadcaster that shot herself during a news broadcast. The PR guy for the Jonestown cult gave a press release a couple of weeks after the mass suicide. As soon as the Q and A with the reporters was over he walked to the nearest bathroom and shot himself. None of this is new.

Also totally unrelated to this post, but...congratulations to three elle. Huzzah!

The guy wasn't thinking about the effects on family. He was severely bipolar. He stashed the meds he was supposed to be taking daily to control his symptoms. The real tragedy here is the inability to control mental disease (and the stupid insurance cos that insist on less effective treatments because they are cheaper).

The kid's dad is pissed, and police are investigating both the website and the viewers: http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/web2.0/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212200098

paddydog - lucky dog if he had insurance. most insurance companies snatch the application from your hot little hands at the whiff of even the most controllable mental illness, without even an option to exclude prior conditions for a period. i should know, i'm about to be uninsured in 10 days as a result of this crap.