That’s a nickname I saw on Twitter for Dominique Venner, the right-wing writer who committed suicide in Notre Dame. In the modern equivalent of a suicide note, he blogged earlier this week about “vile” gay marriage and the invasion of “Islamists” in France.
Is this an isolated instance? Or is suicide growing from a form of (oxymoronic) resignation/protest about employment conditions and pensions (think: France Telecom workers) into the only way to stand out in a fractured media landscape? I am speaking not only of France. Consider the immolations of Tibetan monks and the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay.