Originally Posted by Clare Quilty
If that's what it is, it's dumb. The kid has millions of youtube hits and is clearly somewhat well-known and an "inspirational" figure, a la Randy the Cancer Professor.
But anyway, I read that comment more as "Look at all these sentimental *******s thinking this kid is so tragic, when kids die all the time! Look at how cleared-eyed and honest I am!" It's a type of comment/attitude you see on 2p2 all the time, and it's annoyingly self-congratulatory, as though 1) Everyone else isn't already aware of those facts and 2) as though those facts are somehow an argument against this kid making videos or people watching them.
I agree we shouldn't be weighing every thread we make on some sort of perspective filter. On the other hand, besides this unintended debate, what possible meaningful conversation can be had with this thread? Yep, he died. That sucks. Sorry to his family. Etc.
Not saying that we should take the same editorial tact, but the discussion site I'm on most besides here is metafilter. There, they delete threads that amount to nothing more than "Check out this thing that is sad/outrageous" because what else can really be said?