April 14, 2003
Harper's is running the IRC (IRQ?) log of a young man/boy who od'd live on webcam/chat. The story made the mefi rounds, though I missed it then. It's fucking heart-rending. Places to go: Kuro5hin's wrap-up, with the chat log (link on kuro5shin don't work), the mefi thread, and the obit.
Posted by dbrown at April 14, 2003 07:15 PM
heart-rending, but also sad: after fighting my way through reading the transcript -- who the hell enjoys reading a chat log? it's a mountain of cheese doodles -- it just seemed like a fairly desolate conversation and social group to begin with. "ripper is a gangster!!!" "butt slut" etc. i guess what's interestng for me is the vernacular, and not the O.D. (since it's really just a Someone Does Something For the First TIme Online formula.)
and hey: this is my first post to Saturation! [10:44:02] [phrisky] Phrisky is a butt slut!
For me, it was also the vernacular, and for someone who usually revels in vernaculars in general, I found it immensely sad and disturbing that here was one in which the lone human voice of concern was utterly drowned out by the chorus of "kewl"s and "do it"s. But then maybe that's par for the course for this particular group, though I suspect in real life the veneer of disconnected kewlness would crumble at the sight of someone choking in his own vomit as his brain turns to mush.
Saturation welcomes you, phrisky.