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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Attention Whore Generation

(Before I even start, I just want to point out that this is a guest entry in this blog. These are not the words of Per Svensson.)

You know what really grinds my gears? Some people of my generation, and probably quite a few of the ones from the generation before it and surely one hell of a lot of those in the generations after it as well. And here's why:

Yesterday in Sweden a guy who suffered from Asperger Syndrome and Autism started a thread on a forum, stating how he was going to take his life and show it live on webcam. Nothing new right, things like these have happened before. People on the forum responded, called him a troll and dared him, and the net result was that he did it. Maybe he had already set his mind to it, so the few who tried to tell him not to did not make him change his mind. But maybe the people who dared him made him actually do it, who knows. I'm told people who suffer from the psychological illnesses named above don't understand irony, when people are not being serious and stuff like that. In any case, he did it and it did not take long before media (who apparently don't usually write or talk about suicides in order to not make others want to do it, or so I'm told) went all over it. Popular daily magazines wrote several news articles, debate articles and what not. The next day there's even an article about a guy who claims he was going to do THE EXACT SAME THING only two years earlier, and how people on forums lack empathy because they responded similarly to how they had responded to his threat: with accusations of trolling and good luck wishes.

This is where my problem is described. People are attention whores, and it's incredibly annoying. Way to pay respect to somebody by going to a major magazine in order to milk the story and get your own 15 minutes of fame. And for what? So you can have your picture and name in the paper, right by an article stating how you were pathetically threatening to take your life but did not dare, how you probably never were even serious about it? He (I'll refrain from using his real name even though he was stupid enough to have them put it in the article and even have them publish a frigging picture of him in it as well) even says the only reason he didn't take his own life is because the police got there before he could manage to. First and foremost, why would you even take so long time setting things up after you've posted online (to get attention) and/or tell people in real life that you're going to take your life so that people could possibly interfere? Second of all, just because you failed once, what does that change? Why wouldn't you just do it again the next day, or a week later? Everybody is different so he may have his reasons but I've got him coined down as just another one of those attention seekers.

Don't be one.

Lots and lots and lots of people threaten about taking their lives, but I dare say 99%+ of all of them are bullshitting because a) they're not serious, or b) they don't dare. It's just like how some young teenage girls say they're ugly because they want people to tell them they're pretty, and they know they look good in the eyes of some people. The ones threatening with committing suicide just take it a step further, or perhaps just in another direction.

People are egotistical douches who should learn what compassion is and understand that not everything revolves around you.

23 comments:

  1. excellent post. I ttly agree.

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  2. How about them body modification attention whores? :P

    Srsly suicide for attention is basically emo cutters without the blood.

    IDK I can't take any of it serious really. D:

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  3. I know so many of these people. They piss me right off.

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  4. Douchebaggery is a well trained art form

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  5. I think he was just trying to raise awareness of how people behave online by giving his own experience, maybe trying to prevent others from doing the same thing.

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  6. by having a blog, am i an attention whore :(

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  7. the internet has made people attention whores.

    It makes me sick seeing the attention whores on youtube commenting "thumbs up if blah blah blah" just to get the highest rated comment

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  8. Hörde om detta.. herregud vad resten av världen är ovetande om vad som händer på internet.

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  10. "It's just like how some young teenage girls say they're ugly because they want people to tell them they're pretty" these people should die

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  11. haha yea alotta people wanna suicide

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  12. Doesn't that post of yours and this blog you've written exist for the purpose of attention?

    OH SNAP!

    Just joking man, I agree with you. You write good articles, keep it up :)

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  13. SIR I AM NOT A BAG OF DOUCHE, TO THAT I SAY... NO YOU. THE ENTIRE WORLD REVOLVES AROUND ME AND AS LONG AS IT DOES EVERYTHING HANGING IN THE BALANCE IS INTACT.

    also, Suicides are microscopically more beneficial to the earth.

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  14. What can you do? Don't cry wolf and then get pissy when no one cares you are threatening to kill yourself. Pretty sad, but hell, if you aren't smart enough to go to someone close to you or a psychiatrist, maybe it's for the better.

    Interesting blog, following.

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  15. I don't understand attention whores. I hate being the centre of attention.

    @Dyaitsidyam∂
    I don't think having a blog makes you an attention whore. It may be a by-product of blogging but cetainly not an intrinsic trait.

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  16. Some life off attention. Meh, it's never been something i liked discussing but i have to say that it's retarded to hurt yourself in order to get attention.
    anyway, meh, just wanted to write a comment. Don't think too much of it

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