I don't know the details of the story below, but it made me think
about how easy it is to hound people using the web, how easily
a mob witch-hunt mentality can develop, which might have serious
BLOGS OF DEATH
POSTS CITED IN CREATIVE CHIEF'S SUICIDE
By HOLLY M. SANDERS
February 26, 2008 -- No one seems to know why Paul Tilley, the
40-year-old creative chief of ad agency DDB Chicago, jumped to
his death from the window of the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago on
But that hasn't stopped a barrage of finger pointing on several
advertising blogs at the center of a controversy about what role,
if any, they played in Tilley's suicide.
Most of the anger appears to be directed at two sites - Agency
Spy and Adscam - that subjected Tilley to scrutiny leading up
to his death. Both bloggers defended their coverage yesterday.
"I see in the comments of this post that many will point
fingers at this blog for Mr. Tilley's death. That is unacceptable,"
Agency Spy wrote in a posting.
The defense was in response to readers who blamed the public
scrutiny and "snarky" comments for driving Tilley over
the edge or - at least - contributing to the pressure-cooker atmosphere
in the ad industry.