You know, I thought I knew all the “happening” websites, but I had never head of JustinTV.com (basically it’s a web forum with streaming webcams) until Chuck at work told me about a 19-year old boy from Pembroke Pines, Florida OD’ed streaming live.
The comments posted were edging him on, and then he pretty much fell asleep and never woke up. Chatters made fun of him and many thought it was fake.
This is another sad story in the ongoing saga of the Internet blurring fantasy and reality, and anti-social people using the Net to express their suffering. The callous reactions of the suicide are all symptoms of the underlying desensitization of the world we live in today.
Not only were the chat comments bad while it was happening, but people made fun of this guy after the fact, too.
Here are some comments I found today:
“who the f— would OD on a webcam? that’s the most boring way to film a suicide ever. what a loser.”
“Too bad you didn’t post the link while it was fucking happening!”
“why do I always miss these when they’re live”
“That kid has made multiple attention whoring suicide related threads on the misc and it was sadly just a case of boy who cried wolf.”
“You will only see more of this s–…oh well”
“link to video is dead, any others? No, I don’t give a s– that some guy died, yes I’m a terrible person, no it doesn’t bother me in the least to admit that.”
“Don’t you think it’s a little creepy to watch some teenage dude kid on his webcam? Could you not find a better use of technology or time? If you’re gonna watch a cam why not watch some chick…”
“F-. Missed it.”
And here’s what the JustinTV CEO said:
DailySkew will not post the chat transcript, pics, or videos of this suicide (the pic in this post is a typical JTV chat room). You can find them yourself if you are morbid enough.