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4Chan: An online image and message board initially created in 2003 as the English-language alternative to Japan’s 2chan, a place to discuss anime and other aspects of Japanese culture.
Oldfag: a longtime member of an online community or forum, such as 4chan.
An hero: a pejorative term for suicide. According to 4chan lore, a meme derived from a widely-mocked, grammatically incorrect post on the MySpace page of a young man who killed himself, calling him “an hero.” Ex: “You should an hero” means “You should kill yourself.”
On November 30, a 20-year-old man identified as “Stephen” (his precise identity is unconfirmed) posted the following message on 4chan’s /b/ or random imageboard: “This is it. Tonight I will be ending my own life. I’ve been spending the last hour making the preparations and I’m ready to go through with it. As an oldfag who’s been on 4chan since 2004, I thought I would finally give back to the community. I am willing to an hero on cam for you all. All that I request is for you guys to link me to a site where I am able to stream it for you guys, then I will gladly fulfill my promise.”
That was the message a 20-year-old identified as “Stephen” (his precise identity is still unconfirmed) posted on 4chan’s /b/ or random imageboard two weeks ago. In response to his post, another 4chan user set up a chatroom in which 200 viewers—the maximum number permitted—gathered to watch Stephen swallow unidentified pills and vodka before setting his toaster on fire and crawling under his bed as his dorm room went up in flames. “#imdead #omgimonfire,” he typed from under his bed as the room on screen filled with smoke. “I’m fuck3d.” The ordeal reportedly lasted for about 40 minutes, as the virtual crowd of onlookers taunted, teased, and egged on the man they’d nicknamed “Toaster Steve.” The livestream kept running as firefighters arrived at the man’s dorm at Ontario’s University of Guelph—and took Stephen to the hospital, where he is now alive but seriously injured.
Stephen was not the first to livestream a suicide attempt. In November 2008, a 19 year old in Florida invited fellow users on a bodybuilding website to watch him commit suicide in front of his webcam. The site’s moderators ignored his message, assuming it was a joke, while other users responded with insults and even encouragement. Nearly 1,500 people logged on to watch the teenager intentionally overdose on pills. Unlike Stephen, he was successful.
This isn’t a strictly American phenomenon. In November 2010, a 24-year-old Japanese man livestreamed his own hanging. Across Japan, and other parts of the world, there have been reports of groups of despondent strangers killing themselves after meeting online and forming suicide pacts.
The scenarios described above are enough to disturb even the most jaded. But the hardest part to comprehend is not that people would contemplate or attempt suicide. It’s that they decided to do it live on the Internet while hundreds of people tuned in to watch.
Did people watch because they thought it was a hoax? Does it matter? The story of Stephen’s suicide attempt highlights the sad reality that, at the same time the Internet has established itself as a trove of accessible information, it has also emerged as a dark and dangerous place for the mentally unstable or the simply vulnerable.
Experts agree that going out of one’s way to watch a person commit suicide—whether the viewer actually wants to see the suicide or doesn’t believe it will actually happen—is very different from ignoring cries for help out of the belief that someone else will do the right thing. Part of this has to do with the distance between the viewer and the event. Watching a horrific event on a video screen as opposed to on the street, viewers might be given the false impression that what they’re watching isn’t real. Even more disturbing, however, is the notion that those who gathered to watch Stephen or anyone else kill themselves did so because it was real.
“Younger people are now driven toward participatory culture, entertainment you can be a part of,” said Cole Stryker, author of the book Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan’s Army Conquered the Web. “A guy livestreaming his suicide, that’s extremely titillating. It’s not scripted, it’s not reality TV. This is reality in its most extreme form playing out before your very eyes. It would have been equally as fun if he had not gone through with the attempt, just the prospect. It’s a hell of a lot more interesting than watching reruns of Seinfeld.”
There is, of course, something about the culture of 4chan that makes it almost inevitably a venue where something like this might occur. A bare-bones, completely anonymous image- and message-sharing site created for the kinds of anime-loving Internet pioneers who were chatting online long before everyone and their grandmother joined Facebook, 4chan is like the virtual revenge of the nerds—a return to the freewheeling, Wild West-style Internet where there are very few rules and absolutely nothing is taken seriously. While there’s no real demographic data available, Stryker guesses that majority of 4chan users are males between the ages of 15 and 30. And suicide is just one of the many shocking 4chan spectacles, which range from bullying to stripping to killing pets on camera. “It’s the same thing you see in a real world playground environment, where kids goad each other on to do something extreme or transgressive,” he said.
“People will look back and laugh about [Stephen] even if he had killed himself, because this is a community that holds nothing sacred,” said Stryker. “There is this unspoken idea that if you participate in it you will be mocked and trolled and pranked.”
If Stryker sounds cavalier, it’s not because he doesn’t find it abhorrent that anyone could be entertained by another’s suffering. He does. He just doesn’t think it’s his position to “make some grandiose moral statement” about what goes on online, particularly on 4chan.
Psychologist Deborah Serani, on the other hand, thinks the 4chan incident and others like it are evidence of the moral decay of our society.
“This is something that’s part of our new normal,” said Serani, who specializes in depression and suicide. “We witness these terrible events from the comfort of our own armchair. We get to laugh at other people’s misery, and it’s really costing us our humanity.”
For the viewers, Serani suggests, there may be a sense of control gleaned vicariously by watching someone else engage in such risky behavior. Some people, she explained, watch horror films, no matter how terrifying, just to tell themselves what they would do differently in the same scenario. “There is a feeling of hostility that a lot of young people experience, which is, ‘I struggle in my own life and maybe my struggles are not so bad if I can witness something even more extreme,’” she said.
It was Serani’s own suicide attempt at age 19 that led her to psychology. She notes that depression among children and adolescents is at an all-time high—a trend she recently covered in her book, Depression and Your Child. She points to the far-reaching role media plays in our society and the premium placed on celebrity.
“Celebrity is the brass ring for young people,” she said. “It’s a combination of the mental illness of depression and the crashing of media and celebrity that made the perfect storm for this young man.”
Young people live their lives online, and if they’re feeling insecure or depressed, they express that online as well. While the Internet offers an endless supply of resources, support networks, and information for people looking for help, it can also be the perfect place to find the wrong kind of inspiration. So-called thinspiration blogs, Instagram accounts, and Twitter feeds encourage eating disorders with motivational quotes about losing weight and images of unrealistic model bodies. Similar forums exist for depression, cutting, and suicide, offering visitors advice on getting help as well as tips on self harm.
You don’t even have to venture into the dark world of 4chan or self-harm blogs to see the role the Internet plays in the lives of the potentially unstable. Just scan through Facebook and witness the streams of consciousness that range from restaurant recommendations to sad, angry, or desperate rants. A lot of likes or comments on a status about loneliness can be just as harmful as no response at all.
Researchers at Oxford University recently published a review on the influence of the Internet forums on socially isolated adolescents, concluding that Internet usage and risk of suicide or self-harm among vulnerable young people are absolutely linked.
The researchers found an increased risk of suicide among young people who used Internet forums which, they observed, tend to normalize self harm, offer tips on how to hide scars, and often increase users’ distress. The review also noted the heightened impact of cyber-bullying on susceptible youths. A 2012 investigation by the Australian website news.com.au suggests that the more extreme Internet trolls may not simply be socially maladjusted but that they may actually suffer from mental illnesses, and that a mentally unstable person’s capacity for empathy is chipped away by every hour spent online.
Lawyer Parry Aftab, a widely respected expert on cyber law, advises the National Telecommunications Information Administration, MTV, and Facebook on how to combat cyberbullying. She points out that while 4chan, a forum infamous for digital abuse, might not seem like the place to go for sympathy, there is still camaraderie among its users. “This was his community and he was reaching out to his community to appreciate his pain and witness it,” Aftab said of Stephen. Many of the people who commit suicide online “are looking for that attention, that praise. That whole idea of ‘you’re going to miss me when I’m gone,’” said Aftab. “You won’t be missed unless you’re with people who knew you to begin with.”
Aftab agrees with Serani’s suggestion that the Internet fuels young people’s need for attention and their obsession with celebrity. And while depression often keeps its victims from thinking clearly, the Internet encourages impulsive behavior. The combination of the two can be harmful, even lethal, says Aftab.
“Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame, even if it’s their last 15 minutes,” she said.
Luckily for Stephen, his impulse was thwarted before it was too late. He did get his 15 minutes, however, which is a long time in the non-stop, hyperactive world of 4chan. One week after “Stephen” announced his plan to “an hero on cam” for his community to see, scattered amid the deluge of porn and racist comments, are a few posts about “Toaster Steve.” The threads attached are short, the comments sarcastic, mostly wondering whether he actually died.
Published: December 8, 2013 4:35 PM
Bodybuilding Revealed System designed by Will Brink is the latest course that teaches people how to optimize their muscle recovery and minimize their fat gains. Jim Donnellan from the site Vinamy.com performed a detailed Bodybuilding Revealed System review that indicates if this course is worth buying.
Seattle, Wa (PRWEB) December 08, 2013
Bodybuilding Revealed System is the latest course that teaches people how to accelerate muscle growth and strength exponentially. This course is designed by Will Brink, a fitness expert and personal trainer who has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry. Will Brink also is the author of well-known books such as the “Bodybuilding Revealed And Fat Loss Revealed” book, the “Priming The Anabolic Environment” book, and other books. Since Will Brink released the “Bodybuilding Revealed System” course, a lot of clients used it to learn how to optimize muscle recovery and minimize fat gains. Accordingly, Jim Donnellan from the website Vinamy.com performed a detailed review about the effectiveness of the Bodybuilding Revealed System course.
A detailed review of Bodybuilding Revealed System on the site Vinamy.com indicates that this course reveals to people a list of foods for gaining muscle and strength, and hundreds of recipes for improving their overall health. The course also covers a lot of step-by-step exercises and workouts that help people boost their metabolism without pills, and build their muscles without weights. Moreover, when ordering this course, people will receive a series of instruction books, videos and software from Will Brink. Firstly, people will have the “Build Muscle At Home” manual, the “Mass Gaining Training Programs” manual, and the “Premade Diets” guide. Secondly, Will Brink will provide people with the “Workout Logs” guide, the “Measurements – Wall Charts” guide, and the “BBR Program Tutorials” video. Thirdly, people will get the “Diet Planner” software, the “BBR Supplements Manual” book, and the “BBR Nutrition Manual” book. Finally, people will receive the “BBR Training Manual” book, the “Big Picture of Permanent Weight Loss” guide, and the “Exercise Advice For Aging Adults” video.
Jim Donnellan from the site Vinamy.com says: “When following this course, people will receive a lot of bonuses from W. Brink. Firstly, people will have the “Dietary Fats and Carbohydrates” guide, the “Simplest Weight Loss Tips” guide, and the “What You Need To Know About Caffeine” guide. Secondly, people will receive the “Increase Arm And Grip Strength” guide, the “What’s Best In The Strength Training Programs” guide, and the “Protein Digestion Facts” video. Thirdly, W. Brink will give people the “Figuring Macronutrients” video, the “Permanent Weight Loss” video, and the “Meal Frequency Facts” video. Finally, people will get the “Truth About Dietary Fat” video, the “Importance Of Relaxation” video, and the “Brink’s Unified Theory of Nutrition” guide. Moreover, people also have 60 days to decide if they want to keep this course or get their money back.”
If people wish to view pros and cons from a full Bodybuilding Revealed System review, they could visit the website: http://vinamy.com/bodybuilding-revealed-system/
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I hear a lot of food confessions. When this first happened I wasn’t quite sure how to react — did people want me to absolve them, or did they want to know if they were normal? And who was I to say? Heck, I personally have eaten a box of Hannaford MM cookies over the course of a single day, and can mow down a giant bowl of stove-topped popcorn smothered in butter all by myself. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen.
I have come to conclude the confessors want me to knock them back into line. And then, if they are willing to listen, I can offer some consoling advice.
For instance, one time a client was complaining about achy joints, fatigue and plus their (use of gender-nonspecific pronoun intentional) belly was bloated and uncomfortable. I asked them what they ate the night before. “Pie,” was the answer. And, “boiled dinner.”
Ah, I thought. Easy one. The culprit was salt and sugar. The solution was drink more water and wait it it out. But then I felt prodded to ask another question.
“How much pie?” I asked.
Answer: “All of it.” The boiled dinner? “All of it.”
Yelling occurred. Kind, good-natured (and I hope helpful) yelling but yelling nonetheless. This client wanted to someone to rein them in.
And this being the time of year to rein ourselves in a little (yes, you should enjoy the good stuff, the treats worth indulging in, but not go crazy at the sight of every holiday buffet or open box of homemade candy), I offer you these tips. You probably already know this stuff (which is why personal trainers sometimes raise their voices — we hope turning up the volume opens up the receptiveness), so if it helps, imagine me yelling.
- Keep a consistent eating schedule. If you veer off track by eating very little all day to “save up” for a nighttime splurge, or going hungry because you ate too much the night before, you’re going to have another splurge. Treat your body well — eat on a regular basis.
- Know why you’re eating. Emotional eating this time of year (heck, all year) is common. There’s a saying in the recovery moment: HALT. Don’t make decisions when you’re hungry, angry, lonely or tired. Well, clearly you need to eat if you’re hungry, so we’re changing this to HALTS.
Overindulging simply because you’re happy, angry, lonely, tired or sad has very little to do with feeding your body the nutrients it needs. Enjoy food but don’t use use it as reward or medicine. Again, keeping a consistent eating schedule helps here. A lot. (I personally eat fewer cookies when I eat according schedule. Just sayin’ …)
- You do not have to be “perfect.” I was worried about my own confession above, because sometimes I think we want to believe “perfection” (whatever that is) is an attainable goal when it comes to eating. When I or any of my physique competitor clients are getting ready for a figure/bodybuilding show, there is a time when we do have to be scrupulous about food choices and portion sizes. But if that isn’t your goal, you don’t have to be “perfect.” Let that go.
- If you overdo it, don’t berate yourself. And please, don’t give up and wait till Jan. 1 to restart. Do figure out why it happened. There is no start or stop. There’s just your next meal. Move on.
- It’s not a crime to throw away leftover desserts. It is kind of a crime, though, to waste time feeling crappy because you ate extra cookies/toffee/fudge/snack mix just because it was in the house and calling your name.
- Most importantly, think about your health. If you focus only on your waistline it’s easier to go back for a third plate of holiday dinner or have a slice of every kind of pie (or for me, every kind of cookie) on the buffet. If you think about how hard your poor heart/liver/digestive system has to work to deal with the sugar/salt/fat you’re throwing at it (not to mention the lack of fiber to help deal with that excess), it’s easier to exercise kindness to them.
Have you been going to the gym for ages without any results? It’s time to change that. Cover model, author and fitness expert Justin Woltering gives us six tips that will guarantee muscle growth!
Tip#1: Eat to Grow
It doesn’t matter how often, how heavy, or how hard you lift – you’ll never make any progress without a proper diet! Remember, you’re trying to get BIGGER, and your body can’t just make that new muscle tissue out of nothing. Plus, you’ll need plenty of energy to fuel your training sessions. Bodybuilding nutrition can get pretty complex, but a few key tips will take you far. First and foremost, make protein your priority. Aim for at least one gram per pound of body weight per day, and don’t count the little amounts you get from grains and nuts. Animal protein is what counts, and you need it in every meal! Once you’ve got your protein squared away, fill up on fats and vegetables for most of your meals. Keep your carbs pre- and post-workout, and stick with rice, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Some skinny guys can get away with bread, pasta, and other junk – but you should keep things clean if you want to stay lean! (Read:Five delicious bodybuilding recipes)
Tip#2: Lift Big to Get Big
This should be a no-brainer, but there are tons of trainers claiming that light weights can somehow get you big. There’s a time and place for high reps, sure, but heavy weights need to be the cornerstone of your training. Squats, deadlifts, presses, and pulls – every workout should feature at least two or three of these critical movements. Always strive to add weight and reps, and keep a journal of your best lifts. If you’re still a beginner, you’ll make a hell of a lot more progress chasing personal records than going for a pump.
Tip#3: Hit the Sack
For most guys, this is other ‘missing’ piece of the muscle building puzzle. Plenty of lifters get their diets right, but they still don’t progress because they never sleep! Your food provides the fuel and building blocks for muscle growth, and sleep provides the perfect anabolic environment. You’ll also need plenty of rest if you want to consistently break records in your workouts.
Tip#4: Check Your Stress
Strung out, under pressure, or just plain exhausted? If so, you’re not going to be making any gains! Bodybuilding training is ‘high level’ activity for your body, and fighting stress will always take priority. If you’re sleeping well, your diet’s on point, and you’re still not gaining – look at your lifestyle to see what’s wrong. You’ll be amazed how much muscle you can gain when you chill out and limit negative influences.
Tip#5: Stay in Shape
A lot of lifters will disagree, but I think you should stay in shape while you gain mass. You’ll probably have to gain a little fat along with the muscle, but you don’t need to get fat or let your cardio go to hell. Limit the cheat meals, take walks on your off days, and do a few sprints once or twice a week. After all, you’re just going to have to spend more time dieting if you let yourself get sloppy.
Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been lifting for years, you’re going to have to make bodybuilding training a priority in your life. Want to drink, party, and stay out late? That’s fine! Just don’t expect to make optimal progress. Anything worth accomplishing takes effort and time, so you’ll need to decide now if you’re willing to do what it takes. If you are, check out Bigger, Better, Faster Now to jump-start your gains!
Justin Woltering is a fitness expert, author, and Dymatize sponsored athlete. He is also a cover model who has helped thousands of skinny guys transform their physiques. For more you can check out his website.
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