New Media DeathcastingNov 20th, 2008 | By James Lewin | Category: Internet TV, Streaming Video, Video
Liz Gannes at New Tee Vee reports on another live streaming deathcasting incident:
In a striking display of the power of live video, Abraham K. Biggs committed suicide on Wednesday while broadcasting himself on video site Justin.tv. As we understand it from various forum posts, the 19-year-old Floridian was apparently egged on by commenters on Justin.tv and fellow forum users on bodybuilding.com.
Biggs overdosed on pills while on camera and appeared to be breathing for hours until watchers realized he might be serious, at which point they alerted the police. The video kept running until police and EMTs broke Biggsâ€™ door down and blocked the cameraâ€™s view.
While a lot of people will spin this story like Gannes, talking about the power and immediacy of online video, this story highlights how, even with the greatest communication technologies ever available, we struggle to communicate and understand each other.Â
Live streaming sites may need to implement real-time monitoring of videos flagged as inappropriate. In this case, timely monitoring of flagged videos might have saved Biggs’ life.