That was a disturbing thing to wake up to this morning. In response, I wrote up my own take on this latest. One of my biggest fears about all this is that these celebrities killing themselves serve to make suicide seem not just acceptable but normative.
nothing bums me out more than suicides. ech.
Is anyone else thinking 'netizens'...?
I don't like when netizens are blamed for suicides.
An actress killed herself?! This is so shocking!
nb, don't be an ass. The death itself is a tragedy, but this goes far deeper and has greater ramifications than just the one death you're mocking. Roboseyo,I don't believe there's any call yet for finger-pointing (though I did have the same thought as James), but I will call out malicious people who deliberately try to defame, slander, and libel other people, especially those in a fragile state (e.g., Choi Jinsil). Most individual "netizens" may behave okay, but certainly some willfully engage in behavior that's beyond the pale, sometimes enough to push fragile people over the edge.
Sorry, nb. I shouldn't have called you an ass.
I was rather disturbed by your name calling; it appears out of character for you. I accept your apology. We can be friends again now. What I was attempting to do, which is similar to what you wrote, was to call into question the normalization of suicide into the mainstream. I do not know why this woman killed herself, but the trival reason Choi, Jin-shil had to kill herself sends shocking precedence to young minds: to wit, that it is acceptable to kill yourself over small issues that will be forgotten in a mere few weeks.
Actually, this is sometimes right out of my character. I can be a real mercurial duckweed sometimes, and I end up having to apologize. Anyway, thanks for accepting the apology. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I avoided saying "you're an ass," but just said "don't be an ass." A subtle difference in my intent, but both may be offensive name-calling nonetheless. And sorry to Brian for degrading the tone of the comments, especially on this type of post. Anyway, I'm also sorry I had missed your point, nb. It is disturbing that people are committing suicide over what are basically trivial issues — that are by no means permanent. Comment cross-posted here.
Both 'ass' phrases mean exactly the same thing. BTW....if I really wanted to be an ass, I would have wondered aloud how we could get the other 48 million to follow her.
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