Wednesday, December 15, 2010

And things get even worse

I just wrote about the recent Facebook scam. Where some company that took the images of Emma Jones, who, after her ex boyfriend posted revealing photos of her on facebook, drank cleaning fluid to kill herself, and used them to promote their survey. I thought that was vile enough, but it turns out there is more to the story than just this.

Whoever is behind this scam decided to also pull up photos of someone who had committed suicide after being bullied on Myspace. This individual is Megan Meier, she hung herself three weeks before her fourteenth birthday because of the vile hatred other people had posted on her Myspace. I want to take a moment to explain this situation. Megan Meier was clinically depressed and was going through the the trials and tribulations that is middle school and everything that comes with it. She already had self image problems. Then one day she meets someone called Josh Evans. Being a young girl who had social problems, the idea of having some attractive male talking to her was quite uplifting. In fact her entire family noticed the change in her behavior. They were able to see their daughter as the happy youth that everyone hoped she could be.

But things began to spiral downward quickly. Suddenly this caring Josh started sending Megan negative messages. Communiques that tore apart Megan's self esteem. It eventually culminated in this final message:
I don't know if I want to be friends with you anymore because I've heard that you are not very nice to your friends.
Everybody in O'Fallon knows who you are. You are a bad person and everybody hates you. Have a bad rest of your life. The world would be a better place without you

She only replied with this:
You’re the kind of boy a girl would kill herself over.

Megan Meier was found twenty minutes later, hanging in her bedroom closet.

It was later revealed that there never was a Josh Evans. The Myspace account was being used by Lori Drew. Her and her daughter, as well as Ashley Grills used the account to seek revenge. According to Drew's daughter, Megan had spread some gossip that was unfavorable towards Drew's daughter. So they got together and decided to try and ruin her life. After all, she had passed along gossip that might have tarnished Drew's daughters' name, so it was all in far game. At least that is what these vile pathetic humans thought. They never took into account the implications of their actions and how it could possibly destroy someones sense of self worth.

This alone shows humanity as nothing more then vile and vengeful entities, preying upon one another. I could stop here and it would be something to write about all in of itself. But I have to go deeper as humans are always finding new trenches to be filled with travesty and remorse. As I said, the Facebook scam used the images of the late Emma Jones. But it has come to my attention that they have also pulled photos from another incident. The same scammers also pulled photos from Megan Meier's life to use in this wretched con. Another life lost, yet being used as a publicity stunt.

Here is the image on the Facebook scam:

As you can see, it is the same exact photo. I really have very little else to say except that, if this is what the future of marketing really is, then I doubt there is much hope to retain any dignity or even a sense of humanity. I cannot understand why anyone would do this. My disgust knows no words, no sound, for it is far too deep to ever be heard. I can only hope that there are some out there that are not feasting at the corpse of what was once our proud humane self. Our embodiment of humanism, ethics, morality, and empathy. If this is what we are to become I want nothing of it. But I shall strive to rectify what I can. To rebuild our pillars of hope and humanity. I only hope it is not too late.
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