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Change - 2015-05-20

this is the worst video

filmed on a phone's retard setting, uploaded to liveleak, then stolen, framed making the video smaller, then uploaded to youtube

at least some stupid fuck died, suddenly not on fire

oddeye - 2015-05-20

grow up

Change - 2015-05-20

you exist in a general state of powerlessness, and dismiss people in hopes that you might weaponize your impotence

which i can get behind, but you're also very boring

bopeton - 2015-05-20

I agree this video is pretty awful, and not because of its content.

yogarfield - 2015-05-20

I, too, would set myself on fire and jump off a bridge if I were surrounded by inept filmers.

chumbucket - 2015-05-20

this is the worst video

dairyqueenlatifah - 2015-05-20

I know right?

That guy - 2015-05-20

The difference between poetv and the rest is the ' '.

themilkshark - 2015-05-20


Lurchi - 2015-05-20

also the guy was 73 years old

Chancho - 2015-05-20

The wisdom of our elders...

Binro the Heretic - 2015-05-20

I always feel sad when people get hurt or die.

I can't say I feel much sympathy for people dying doing "extreme" sports, though.

I have sympathy for his family.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2015-05-20

Okay, did he deliberately set his chute on fire? How does somebody who does something like that make it to 73?

Okay, this dead guy was really dumb, but I'm one starring this, solely as a protest against the word "tragically" being used in snarkey quotes. I know I'm probably deluding myself, but I'm going to try to pretend that we're better than that.

spikestoyiu - 2015-05-20

I had read he's done something like this before while jumping out of a plane.

EvilHomer - 2015-05-20

Yeah, I hate to say it, but I'm with you on this one John. It's neither tragic nor "tragic"; dude died doing what he loved. Nothing wrong with that.

That guy - 2015-05-20

hmm.... seeing that the original vid uses the T word without the quotes, I see nothing wrong with a little snark that I'm not better than.

It's not like we showed up at his widow's house and did scare-quotes in the air around 'tragically' while we said it to her, Mr.Sensitive.

EvilHomer - 2015-05-20

The way I see it, all that means is we're snarky AND cowards.

Oscar Wildcat - 2015-05-20

The guy set himself on fire jumping off a bridge. What, I shouldn't feel a little schadenfreude here?

EvilHomer - 2015-05-20

No. If he survived, schadenfreude away, but it's different when someone dies. Or rather, it used to be; maybe it's not anymore, I don't know.

And anyway, like I said, this guy was doing what he loved. He knew the risks, he took them happily, now he's dead. There's nothing wrong with that. We could all be so lucky to die at 73, doing something crazy and stupid and awesome like this. The joke's not on him, it's on the rest of you.

Everyone dies, but how many of us truly live?

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2015-05-21

In my opinion, putting "tragic" in quotes seems like 100 per cent attitude, zero percent humor. When I die, make any tasteless joke you like about the stupid circumstances of my death, and my shade will laugh with you if you make it funny. Indulge on lazy sarcasm, and there will be consequences. I'm talking full-on EC comics shit.

That guy - 2015-05-21

In my opinion, I know the definition of tragic, and this isn't it, so snarking out some quote to call it 'tragic' is fitting.

EvilHomer - 2015-05-21

Well yes, technically speaking, this isn't tragic. There are a number of possible definitions for the word "tragedy"{1}, and if you want to be a smartass about it, this incident probably would not qualify. It is not a poem, nor a work of drama, and it is stretching the definition of "calamity" beyond all reasonable bounds. It may arguably be considered "misfortune", but a "tragedy" is generally understood to be several orders of magnitude worse than run-of-the-mill misfortune, so again, stretching the definition beyond all reasonable bounds.

However, as John points out, putting sneer quotes around the word drastically changes it's meaning; it cannot help but be read as tasteless, edgy mockery. You don't sneer-quote "tragic" unless you wish the word to be taken ironically, implying that the "tragedy" in question was actually a good thing, and that the person who died deserved his fate. The inclusion of the tag "Darwin Award" {2} lends further support to our theory that this reading is intentional.

For example, I might say to you the following: Mother Teresa died "tragically" last night. How would you react to this statement? Technically, the sneer quotes might be warranted, as her death was actually fairly routine, and the word 'tragedy' could only be applicable here as part of a dramatic device - intentionally misusing it as a way of producing hyperbole, thereby underscoring the emotional context of her death. Yeah, "technically" speaking, the sneer quotes could be justifiable. But obviously, the above statement is likely to be read, not as a clinical acknowledgement of fact, but as *pure maliciousness*; as if I'm implying that her death was a welcome event, and I'm GLAD the old bat's dead! Which I am.

You cannot brush off the pejorative implications of using sneer quotes in a context like this.


Lurchi - 2015-05-21

you guys are fuckin SOFT

Change - 2015-05-21

go suck a flaming dick

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2015-05-21

>>you guys are fuckin SOFT

Bringing up my impotence issues seems like a low blow.


ashtar. - 2015-05-21

Remember when snuff videos were verboten? I liked that.

Albuquerque Halsey - 2015-05-20

for some reason the I only started laughing when I saw the slowly expanding splash rings in the river.

spikestoyiu - 2015-05-20

It's like a Wile E. Coyote cartoon.

Caminante Nocturno - 2015-05-20

The guy who briefly laughed must feel just awful.

Sanest Man Alive - 2015-05-20

The guy who's still laughing must feel pretty great!

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