Monday, November 2, 2009

New: Chuck Biscuits Death Hoax

EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM DEPT., NOV. 2 - My piece on the Chuck Biscuits Death Hoax is now online at the Village Voice.

One night fourteen years ago, I decided to make my maiden voyage on the Internet a memorable one by posting my own carefully worded death announcement on any Usenet groups that seemed like they would care. But some other plans got in the way of me using my friend's computer, and the next morning a different friend actually did die, so I quietly abandoned the prank. I hadn't thought of that incident in years, and only when writing the piece over this weekend did it occur to me that I'm really glad I didn't get the chance to go through with it.