ID a short story about an infectious video
December 19, 2011 10:44 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to find a short story I read a few years ago about a 'viral' video tape. The unique property of the story was that it was written as a collection of notes and emails between the characters.

*spoilers* -- it was a great short story, and the way I'm about to describe it would spoil a new reader, so, proceed carefully:
1) The video was of a man decaying in a chair
2) At the end, one woman who watches the video dies, from cancer I think, with a strange mark visible in her eye
3) It is literally entirely written as pieces of correspondence, mainly emails I think.
4) The video was viral in that it spread and the man decaying in the video began to appear on television, in scenes of old movies, etc.

I read it a year or so ago, any help IDing and/or locating it would be amazing! Thank you!
posted by ch3cooh to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Is it "each thing i show you is a piece of my death"? Here's a small description.
posted by pishposh at 12:19 AM on December 20, 2011 [3 favorites]


While I can't help you with this exact short story, I can tell you another great book that was written in this style...a series of emails between an Artificial Intelligence and it's creator as it becomes self-aware. It's called Exegesis and it's a really good read :)

Good luck finding your answer.
posted by AltReality at 5:11 PM on December 20, 2011


Thanks!
"each thing i show you is a piece of my death" is definitely the story I was looking for, and I will be sure to take a look at Exegesis -- I think this writing style is pretty awesome.
Happy Holidays and all!
posted by ch3cooh at 3:54 PM on December 24, 2011


the story was offered as a free pdf download from Clockwork Phoenix in early 2010, which you may be able to find somewhere. If you do let me know, the googles turns up nada.
posted by IvoShandor at 5:23 AM on January 5, 2012


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