Sankaku Complex reported the story, this morning, of a man who hanged himself, egged on by a number of 2ch users. Suffering from depression, he brought his plans to 2ch, and after repeatedly discussing it, a number of users pushed him toward it. He did so, streaming his hanging (not sure if the actual event itself was captured).
Artefact concludes by writing,
Whilst the actions of 2ch inhabitants in this case are far from surprising, in fairness it should be remembered most apparently did not regard the man as anything more than a determined troll, and that onlookers egging on people on the verge of suicide is hardly a phenomenon confined to 2ch.
So much to say. The bottom line is this: 2ch feeds a needs in Japan (and would here too, I would think) for people to express the most volatile (and maybe their truest?) emotions. Even here on the anime blogosphere and on message boards and such, many of those who attract adherents are those who are just…mean. Being hateful is often a outpouring of one’s selfishness and pride – I know better than you and it makes me feel good to zing you. When a suicide happens, a flame is distinguished forever – never more will that man’s relationships exist as friend, son, and brother, and no longer will that person’s thoughts and actions have a home.
Compassion and love aren’t hippie ideas – they’re at the root of our emotional and, I would say, spiritual needs.
In other words, even trolls need love.
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