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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 25, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Internet dangers

Not a joke

After Megan Meier’s death in the MySpace hoax, it is sad to read about another suicide involving the Internet [“Man’s suicide involves drugs — and a webcam,” Nation & World, Nov. 22].

With the Internet as the medium and audience, knowing how to help someone who is thinking about suicide becomes much more complicated; the possibility of being known across the World Wide Web would appeal to many individuals who might see it as means to give a spiteful goodbye, gain posthumous notoriety or as a last-ditch effort to reach out for help.

The Internet is a public space for communicating on a global scale, but it has detached us emotionally from the information we express and receive. I wonder if any of those who had watched Abraham Biggs’s suicide unfold feel anything emotionally right now toward his family.

It now becomes just another suicide in the news and another reminder to be mindful about what you say. Internet users need to see the Web as a communication of the interpersonal, not just something you see, or on which you read and comment.

— Keouthdam Kim, Seattle

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