It’s just not good enough to write about something crazy that happened anymore. The best kind of story to fit the “strange and unusual” news value is one where the weirdness sets off even more weirdness, and then the series of events in question morph into this mobius strip of insanity. Here is an example of what I’m talking about. And here is a summary of how craziness feeds on itself in this situation:
- In 2007, the government of Thailand passed something called the Computer Crimes Act, Article 14 of which allows for state prosecution of criminal libel in response to youtube insults directed at the Thai king.
- The economy collapsed.
- Obviously, the economic collapsed was caused by the king of Thailand’s failing health.
- Three “internet users” put two and two together and publicize their particular brand of craziness.
- The paranoid Thai government imprisons them for endangering national security by lying about the king’s health.
The king of Thailand’s name is Bhumibol Adulyadej, but you can just call him a thin skinned freak with an unwarranted and massive ego Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramintharamaha Bhumibol Adulyadej Mahitalathibet Ramathibodi Chakkrinaruebodin Sayamminthrathirat Borommanatbophit. Really, that’s his official title.