Arjun Bhardwaj and the Spectacle of Online Suicide

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Arjun Bhardwaj and the Spectacle of Online Suicide

Illustration: Akshita Monga

“I

told u I was hardcore,” declared Brandon Vedas.

The screen glowed with his last coherent words. Vedas had been consuming a cocktail of drugs on a live video stream. The combination and quantity of marijuana and prescription pills that Vedas was washing down with alcohol was “enough to kill Kurt Cobain”, according to his online audience. Still, they egged him on. Users watching him posted messages like, “you p***y”, and “eat more”. So, he did.

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