Week 2: WHEN IS IT HEALTHY TO MOCK THE DEAD?

WHAT r/HCA IS

This is the experience of reading the subreddit, and I promise you I am barely paraphrasing:

(1) not much of it is ‘funny’

Obviously, most people have a certain resistance to mocking the dead. So anything that feels like a joke, in the proximity of death, is regarded with suspicion.

(2) not much spreads to ‘COVID-adjacent’ opinions

The Venn diagram of Republican-aligned misinformation and COVID denial is more circular than a figure-of-eight, but there are precious few posts of the genre “they were a Republican and now they’re dead” which are tolerated in the absence of strong COVID misinformation.

(3) not many comments stray from a kind of exasperated disbelief or grim acceptance

This is probably the biggest misconception I’ve seen when reading what has been written elsewhere about r/HCA. This is my interpretation, after reading several hundred of the comments:

WHAT r/HCA DOES

r/HCA has nearly half a million members. It is mathematically impossible for them to all be sociopaths.

  • share strategies for dealing with challenges
  • provide compassion and mutual support
  • share stories of struggles or problems

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James Heathers

James Heathers

I write about science. We can probably be friends.