My selfish reaction to a 12-year-old girl’s suicide

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So the sickening pattern continues.  Last month, another child chose death over the hell of her own emotions.  And with that one impossibly permanent decision, twelve-year-old Rebecca Sedwick’s short life instantly became another narrative to feed the victim-hungry news cycle.  Her suicide has already sparked debates over everything from bullying (the question “are girls getting meaner?” got its own Today show segment yesterday) to freedom of speech (with shock jocks taking calls from the sheriff accused of violating it).  But the same selfish thought keeps nagging me: if the Internet had risen to popularity just a few years earlier, it would’ve been my name in those. . . keep going

Tabloid, guillotine, whatever, whatever…

Amanda Bynes

The hive mind is at it again, delighting in the downfall of one more member of the young, rich, famous elite.   I’m guilty too; for my moth of a sleep-deprived or overworked mind, celebrity gossip is a delicious flame, just attractive and distracting enough to replace my own flaws and burdens with a superficial narrative, played out by fake faces and their string-pulling publicists. Sometimes it’s not so fake, though.  Sometimes someone is so uncomfortably raw that it can’t be an act, but the public forgets not to treat it as such.  No one trapped behind the gloss of. . . keep going