Saturday, November 15, 2008

All Eyes Upon You

In "Sharing Their Demons on the Web," a New York Times reporter describes how psychiatric patients who enter their delusions about "mind control" or "gang stalking" into a Google search window are likely to find those who share their paranoid view of the world and thus refuse medication and treatment for their mental disorders. Although the article compares these websites to those targeted to suicidal ideation, there have not been the same kinds of legal challenges to sites like Gang Stalking World that there have been to the Usenet newsgroup materials through legislation such as Suzy's Law.

It's important to note that the GSW site is remarkably slick rhetorically with stock photos, multilingual translations, online lectures by Naomi Wolf, and a number of technology-related plugs for using ubiquitous computing technologies against one's phantom persecutors.

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