Websites That Kill?
from the calm-down... dept
While it is very sad that a young man killed himself recently, the fact that the coroner is blaming the internet for the guy’s death is pretty pointless. Apparently, the guy had visited a page that described methods for committing suicide, and proceeded to use one of them (he hung himself). It’s easy, therefore, to blame the website for this — but that makes the somewhat ridiculous assumption that if this website didn’t exist, the guy never would have found another such website, a different source entirely, or simply figured out how to kill himself on his own. It’s not the website that was the problem, and getting rid of it wouldn’t have changed anything. This was, obviously, a very troubled individual, and focusing on the website as the cause of his suicide means that less attention will be paid towards looking at the root causes of depression and what makes people want to kill themselves.