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OT: Parental responsibility issues outside of the gaming world


Family Of Web Suicide Teen Reacts To Viewers’ Cruelty

From eFluxMedia.com

"The entire world was in shock at the news that a 19-year-old boy took his own life in front of a live webcam,
but no one could have been more shocked than the teen’s family. As Abraham Biggs took an overdose of
drugs to commit suicide, an audience watched and encouraged him to do it."

A tragedy, no doubt. As a survivor of a suicide attempt, it always disheartens me to see some unfortunate
soul who didn't get the help they needed to triumph over their personal demons. However, my sorrow was
soon muted by moral outrage.

"Abraham’s father told reporters that both viewers, and website administrators, are to blame for the incident."

WHAT. THE. FUCK. This poor soul committed suicide because there was a forum to broadcast it, and an
audience of depraved shut-ins to watch? Why not blame his doctor and the pharmaceutical company that
manufactured the medication? Why not blame the company that built the computer? Why not steve balmer
(or Jobs, depending on the OS)? No, no, it's certainly the website (which has nothing to do with suicide
or depression or bipolar disease).

“I think they are all equally wrong,” Mr. Biggs said. “It’s a person’s life that we’re talking about. And as a
human being, you don’t watch someone in trouble and sit back and just watch,” he added, calling for some
kind of regulation to put an end to such incidents."

So why weren't you there with him, Mr. Biggs? Where were you while your son ate most of a bottle of anti-
depressant sleep aids? Why wasn't he living at home with you, if you knew he was at risk of taking his own
life. The article also cites how he had made suicide threats before, and yet Mr. "blame the internets" Briggs
was not on hand to prevent a clear and present danger he was obviously aware of.

I guess we can be glad that he's not a gamer, otherwise Mr. Father of The Year would be coming after EA
and Activision instead of Justin.tv and teh internets.

My thoughts are with Mr. Biggs Jr's rational family. His father needs to learn a bit about causality before he
starts spouting off to media outlets before he can earn my sympathy.
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