Well, the cult in California committing mass suicide is all over the news. Sorry, but is there any real surprise here? This is what weird cults do. They recruit impressionable people, take all their money, cut them off from their families, go and live in a isolated compound somewhere, shave their heads or adopt some other uniform look, predict mysterious event X, and all commit suicide one otherwise cheerful day. It’s not really news anymore, is it?
This time of course, the twist was the Internet link – the Web site they left behind. Hmm… It’s just a thought – I wonder if they’ve paid their InterNIC domain name fees?
Given the lather the media usually work themselves into whenever there’s something to do with the Internet and bad news, they’ve shown remarkable restraint. All except the Herald Sun
(often commonly referred to as the Herald Scum), whose headlines were up to their usual well informed, non-sensationalist standard – "WEB OF DOOM".
It was probably a toss-up between that and "INTERNET DEATH CULT" and "NET SUICIDE PACT" and "ARE YOUR KIDS SURFING WITH THE INTERNET WEB DOOM DEATH SUICIDE PACT CULT?".