Archives for May 2001
at my weekly soccer game in Parc Lafontaine: CRACK (or perhaps CRUNCH is more accurate – probably both). As I came down from a wild header attempt into a little hole in the grass. I sprained my ankle quite severely, to the extent that I felt it necessary to go to the Royal Vic emergency room to check that it wasn’t broken. The sound of my ankle doing what it did was quite chilling – though nothing compared to an ACL that blows during a ski race or something, which sounds like a muffled gun shot. I was very happy with my hospital experience – even on a Sunday evening, I was in and out in under an hour, including x-rays and a very thorough consult with the attending emerg doc. And of course it didn’t cost me a cent. Long live socialized health care.
this weekend was that people learned that a hoax was perpetrated in the case a Kaycee Nicole, a young women who people thought had died of leukemia. It may still come out that there was some kernel of truth to the whole thing, but still – people who meant nothing but the best in such a (seemingly) sad situation were taken advantage of.
I don’t have much to add to the whole thing, since I didn’t really follow “Kaycee’s” blog at all. The only comment to make, perhaps, is that each new type of community on the web seems to have their very own betrayal/hoax experience. It might even be said to come with the turf. I’ve been involved in similar (roughly) situations in the past on old-school community sites – a couple of them. And from that experience, my only take-away was that in each case there were some who backed away from the communities at hand – and others deepened their links, consciously or not marking the hoax as an anomaly, and nothing to prompt total scepticism.
I hope something like that happens here. I do think there’s a broad community, of sorts, among people who keep weblogs, a certain amount of it focused on Matt’s excellent MetaFilter, where much of the present drama was played out.
“I had so many people tell me so many times that it wouldn’t work,” he said. “My response always was that this was too cool not to work.”