Status: Public Service Video
A highly informative Beginner's Guide To Faking Your Death On The Internet
can be viewed on YouTube. It was created by satirist and internet scholar Luke Lewis
. Some of the points it covers:
→ Interest in your death (or the death of your alter-ego) can be measured by Heinstein's 2nd Law of the Internet, which states: I = H x W x C. Or rather, INTEREST in your character equals their HOTNESS times their camWHORE factor times the CRAZINESS of the community in which you're posting (measured in LJs or LiveJournals). "The higher the I value, the more ego strokage you'll get from faking your death."
→ Also, terminal illness is generally a better way to depart this world than a car crash. Car crashes are too abrupt and not unusual enough.
→ Finally, "a post without an OMG is a post incomplete."
Lewis notes that "He is currently working on the sequel: 'A Beginner's Guide To The British', due for release in late July."
Personally, I think the sequel should be a beginner's guide to faking someone else's death
on the internet.