your “15 minutes” are just beginning

Early Saturday morning a local teenage high school senior driving drunk at 65 MPH the wrong way on Interstate 485 collided with another vehicle killing the two adult occupants. The teen survived but is hospitalized. Due to privacy regulations his condition is unknown. The newspaper reported bleeding in the brain and a lacerated liver.

Sure, the individual personal acts and resulting outcome were stupid and tragic.This is not the first time an incident like this has occurred on 485 but beyond the usual pattern of unfortunate behavior we have additional information that I find interesting. We know something about the teen in his own words thanks to information he posted on ‘myspace’; reproduced and presented for anyone to read by the Charlotte Observer.

From his online profile we know how the teen saw himself- “I am a (expletive) redneck who parties with my friends all the time”. Well, OK, that could describe a very large segment of the local population regardless of age or gender. However we are also aware he likes “getting drunk and gettin high as hell”, claiming to have been smoking marijuana as he filled in his information. All this set against a wallpaper back drop of Jack Daniel’s bottles.

My curiosity is how the myspace.com information will play into the legal discussions that are sure to follow assuming he survives. Pausing to consider the broader picture, I wonder what actions might be possible based on underage myspacers (and bloggers in general) boasting about participating in illegal activities. Yes, I understand the practice, while very widespread, is in many cases just adolescent posturing for attention. But still…it makes me wonder. Stay tuned.

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About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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One Response to your “15 minutes” are just beginning

  1. Interesting and scary
    The whole ‘myspace’ thing has just hit here big-time, to the point where some school districts have had assemblies in the middle schools to warn kids about the dangers of posting too much information/age-inappropriate information/misinformation.
    I went in and and did a fairly extensive search and didn’t find any sign of my 15 yr. old or his dozen+ close friends. We had a sit-down chat about it, and he said he and his buddies think it’s pretty foolish, and they just don’t participate. Whew, one peer-pressure bullet dodged.

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