Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Malachi Ritscher

Malachi Ritscher doused himself with gasoline on the morning of November 3rd, along a busy highway in Chicago. He then proceed to set himself on fire, burning to death. His self-immolation was witnessed by morning commuters. No doubt, Ritscher had issues -- but his suicide message describes his act as one of protest of war, the mayhem the US is perpetrating around the globe and an American culture more concerned with TV and cellphones than the future of the world. Self-immolation doesn't happen everyday -- let alone in protest. Surprisingly, his act has been largely ignored by the media. Ignored that is, until bloggers started protesting the media's treatment of the story. The media's response? Cover the protest by the bloggers.

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