Saturday, March 10, 2007

Break up at UNC

If you haven't seen it already, you might want to watch this video, described as follows in digg.com:

"UNC student Ryan Burke found out his girlfriend was cheating on him. He planned out the entire event on Facebook. Roughly 3000 students showed up to see Ryan break up with his girlfriend on Valentine's Day in The Pit."

At first I thought it was hilarious--hiring a group of singers and having thousands of people watch a break-up, but then as it progressed I just felt sad for the two people involved. Both are desperately trying to hurt each other while at the same time acknowledging no hurt themselves--like wildly swinging punches. It reminds me of a scene from "The Great Divorce" in which C.S. Lewis describes how people in hell interact.

My guess is that both participants will eventually regret the situation.

Update: Last week the two people involved came out and said the whole thing was staged. My guess is that it was real but they realized how bad they looked and are doing damage control....

1 comment:

André said...

"Ryan Burke confessed Monday that the confrontation, which became an instant hit on YouTube.com, was all a stunt to show the power of Internet communities and the amount of money that companies make from them. The pair weren't even dating."

What does that even mean? How does that breakup show companies making money? It's a lame excuse! They're trying to back away from the media feeding frenzy they created...