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October 19th, 2012
Why?

Another teen suicide has become a lead news story, a hashtag, an Internet meme… It also hit a little close to home. I know what it is like to be ridiculed and ostracized by classmates, I know what it is like to tell your story online only to be mocked by random Internet handles, I’m all too aware of what it is like to live with depression and battle anxiety attacks. I’m not a soapbox blogger. I’m not sure what type of blogger I am other than unemployed. I’m also not sure this post is wise.

This happens all too often. There will be public uproar and outrage but little actual change. Consider two other stories I read recently, Canucks fans threatened a Justin Bieber fan via Twitter, for writing on a wall. The wall was used to leave messages about former Canuck Rick Rypien who himself committed suicide. Or consider the fact that websites like Facebook and Reddit are enabling and encouraging exploitative, abusive, and creepy behavior all in the name of ‘free speech’ and selling ad impressions.

I definitely don’t have the answers. I got tired of even asking the questions. This isn’t the world’s last suicide.

I better link to something optimistic and helpful.

I held off publishing this post until after my most recent job interview for obvious reasons.


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  • Well another of my public predictions came true. Aaron Swartz killed himself this month. I can also identify with Aaron, he was a nerd, a geek, he said and did things that upset people, so they threatened him with lawsuits and jail time. I didn’t blog about Aaron’s death, but I did retweet some stuff. Now his obituary is in the Economist. I’m not sure if that is something to aspire to, but it is nice to know not everyone agrees with how he was treated.

    http://www.economist.com/news/obituary/21569674-aaron-swartz-computer-programmer-and-activist-committed-suicide-january-11th-aged-26-aaron

    I also can’t help but notice how successful Lance Armstrong became in part from lying, bullying, and cheating. People are too quick to lie, too quick to cheat, and too quick to hurt and threaten others with whom they disagree. I’m not sure the world is better off when Lance Armstrong an admitted liar and cheater is a successful famous millionaire free to do as he pleases and someone like Aaron Swartz kills themselves because they are tired of being threatened and bullied.

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