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Tyler Clementi Leaps Off Bridge After Discovering His Roommate Had Streamed His Gay Sex Encounter Live, Advertised it on Twitter

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Two Freshmen Rutgers students, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, will face trial for invasion of privacy after one of their high school classmates supposedly committed suicide upon discovering they’d Tweeted about and streamed him live having a gay sex session.

The victim, Ravi’s roommate, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi “was said to be distraught but did not leave a suicide note before plunging from the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River in New York.”

The victim, Ravi’s roommate, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi “was said to be distraught but did not leave a suicide note before plunging from the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River in New York.”

Ravi is alleged to have twice set up his Mac specifically to capture his roommate, Tyler’s, steamy encounters. The sob story is perhaps best confessed (or will be to the court at least) through the medium Ravi’s Tweets:

September 19: ‘Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into Molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay,’ he wrote.

September 21: ‘Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it’s happening again.’

The case, which begs questions both of ‘cyber-bullying’ as well as ‘cyber-voyeurism’ also bring to mind some more subtle ones. For this author, most precisely: what if Clementi hadn’t found about it? And just how common is this kind of thing anyways? Surely he can’t be the first person whose been whored out over Twitter for a semi-private Macbook sex show.

If the acts themselves were agreeable enough – and we’re all taking quite a large leap in assuming they were to begin with –  why is that that the simple knowledge he’d been witnessed enjoying them online  enough to drive Clementi to suicide (at least allegedly) in a day and age when it seems every celebrity constantly schemes competes in a concerted effort to show their penises to the most people possible sell the most sex tapes? Aren’t we being constantly led to believe that being watched while fucking someone should be our deepest aspiration?

Why is it that what some consider the fruition of the greatest dream in contemporary society (quite literally being whored, usually on Twitter), others consider a life-ending nightmare  – and does the distinction really matter or make it any different?

Source: Huffpo

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