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In light of recent events I started the Chris-Chan documentary series. I knew of him as an internet cringe personality from ED but never got deep into the lore. The series by GenoSamuel is excellent, comprehensive, and delivered in a deadpan clinical tone rather than mocking or pitying. It is deeply uncomfortable viewing at times.
It is fascinating just how unsympathetic Chris-Chan is, never learning any lessons no matter how clearly they are delivered to him, taking every opportunity to do the exact wrong thing, always casting himself as the victim, never taking responsibility for anything, etc. At the same time, the trolling he was subjected to was inhuman. Listening to the audio log of Bluespike tormenting him in Episode 10 is like watching a rape, and the Idea Guys did even worse later on when they broke his brain completely. There are no heroes in this saga.
For me this hits close to home. Many uncomfortable parallels, like if I were significantly lower functioning, had worse parents, and never absorbed any lessons on how to interact with people in my entire life, I could imagine myself like something approaching Chris-Chan. Bullying actually helped me even as it traumatized me because I learned of many social norms through their brutal enforcement, but Chris-Chan is seemingly immune to learning and growing as a person.
58 episodes so far at about 40 minutes each.