Maybe you've seen this already—Roger Ebert published it on Nov. 5, which is years ago in internet time—but if you haven't seen it yet, you must.
Lonely people have a natural affinity for the internet.
Which cannot be denied. It also cannot be sneered at quite so easily after Ebert's done examining. (And re-examining.)
Were any lives changed? Not much, I'm sure. Fundamental shifts in life take time. Did people feel better after posting? I think maybe so. For everyone who posted, hundreds of others read. Maybe they identified with another person's experience. Yes, the internet is anonymous. Sometimes that can be a good thing. Sometimes it is good to bear witness to your life. Maybe this was one of those times.
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