Sunday, December 14, 2008

Never underestimate the power of the internet.

Some of you may or may not have heard of the cult internet sensation known as Adam's Block, a channel on where a man in San Francisco named Adam Jackson placed a webcam outside his apartment's window pointed down at the street. It ran 24/7 and captured all sorts of crazy footage for six weeks.

In that short six-week time span, Adam's life would change. His exact location was compromised, local news stations did reports on his project, he very quickly became a very talked-about subject.

While his intentions were good (giving some of the donations to the Glide Church, holding fundraisers, etc.), he quickly experienced what can happen when a lot of people work together to ruin someone's life.

He and his girlfriend began getting death threats. Hooded men followed Adam to work. Flyers were posted around the neighborhood labeling him as a pedophile. Phone calls were made to his boss claiming the same. Much of Adam's life has been extremely visible to the public eye, and this made him an easy target to find.

I had the fortune of working as a moderator for Adam in his channel while it was broadcasting and I met some great people. It was a wonderful community before its popularity brought the bad seeds along with it. But all good things must come to an end, and as of a few days ago, the channel has been taken down, the cameras have been removed, Adam is relocating to a new home, and trying to fix what was starting to happen before the channel was taken down. Trying to get his life back on track.

The whole point I am trying to make here is that the internet can be a very dangerous place if the right people get ahold of the right motives and the right information. So please be careful out there.

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