Florida Suicide a wake up Call

There is an alarming story out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida which you could say is only the next step in online sharing. A 19-year-old Broward college student committed suicide by taking a drug overdose in front of a live webcam. Some of the watchers tried to egg him on, others told him to stop, there where even side discussions if the overdose contained enough pills. Eventually a watcher of the webcast tried to notify police, by the time they arrived it was too late. Even the police entrance to the scene was on the webcast. The person suffered from both bipolar disorder, and manic depression. The autopsy concluded the person died from a combination of opiates and benzodiazepine, which was prescribed for his bipolar disorder. We do not know what to say or if this is any different from a person jumping of a building while people looking on, chanting “jump” or “do not do it”. This is a time where blogging and video feeds on the Internet can be a mirage. Do you ever really know what you are seeing and if it is real? Do you know if the person is talking from experience, guessing or just making it up? We have the brave new frontier of the Internet upon us and how we prove to use it and or abuse it is going to be our legacy as pioneers. Stories like this are the reason the Internet is feared by some and enveloped by others. We want everyone to remember that airing on the side of being cautious is better than standing by and doing nothing. When something looks wrong we all must police this Internet because we must take responsibility for watching our own little corners.

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