A tale of gay love and epic trolling
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The Birth of Humility
Williams was a student at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 2002, Williams became romantically involved with fellow LJ user, Andrewpants. For one reason or another, they stopped communication until Joshua posted a discussion about the homeless people on his university. Andewpants under the name "the_passives" pointed out what a selfish privileged asshole he was being, which Joshua disagreed with. The incident can be seen here. As time went on the two were clashing with an increasing frequency much to everyone's glee.
The entire saga was lifted to amazing heights at this time as Joshua began to report what he deemed as suspicious activity. Namely, the theft of a pumpkin from his front door. Supposedly it showed up on a picture posted to livejournal complete with mocking comments. This truly shocked mediacrat and he was determined to find the culprit, however, he would need more proof. So he continued his e-fight with andrewpants for nearly two years of back and forth. Finally, the shit hit the fan when so called "fatty" pictures of mediacrat were attained and posted. This was the final straw and he authored a now infamous post to let people know how fed up he was:
Andrewpants took these words very harshly as a sign of Joshua's wish to defame his e-credibility and concocted a plan to strike back shortly after this LJ posting.
Having witnessed his former lovers flaccid temper tantrum Andrew sought to humiliate mediacrat by using an embarrassing picture. The kicker was he already had posted it. He was in fact the very troll responsible for its placement on crat's livejournal (for maximum effect). Good thing too, as any good dramacrat knows you're only as good as your last troll. So what began as the posting of this fatty picture developed into posting personal ads for dominating sweaty man love on Craigslist in his name. Mediacrat was already infuriated to levels not previously thought possible in mammalian life by the photo. He had not seen the Craigslist ads yet when he initially lashed out at Jameth accusing him of supplying Andrew with the notorious picture. That soon changed when, having finally come across the CL ads, he switched his victim sights back to Andrew. It was to be a futile exercise in crying about the Internet. His cyber collapse into a pit of lol was complete and the fine people of LJDrama (who had been closely monitoring the case) went to work immortalizing him in the castings of Internet steel. Joshua, realizing that he was about to become the target of massive ridicule quickly back-tracked. He attempted to appease the drama org by sending an e-mail to the intrepid heroes:
Andrewpants, who was still attending the same school as mediacrat, and the LGBT rep for the university were both tired of Joshua's shit. Not only was Andrew still having to deal with Josh's craziness every day, at this point, but so was JJ, the rep. JJ had one injured arm, from birth, that Josh was keen to point out and ridicule on the Internets. He had done nothing wrong to mediacrat and for it he was called "weird" and the reason why the Crat seemingly hated the harmless gay student association. Joshua's harassment of Andrew was enough to convince JJ to take him to point and publicly shame him for his overt asshole behavior.
—E-mail conversation between the two, LJ
Following the exchange mediacrat "deleted all the comments (well, he says someone else did it)" and proceeded to have a full force meltdown. A meltdown the likes of which the Seattle LJ community nor LJDrama had ever before witnessed...
With no other options left to support his ego mediacrat did what any self respecting rich and beautiful person would, he threatened the long arm of the lawl. He assured all of his fans that (read:none) that he would seek justice through litigation. Assuming that no one would ever see such a frightening attack in advance he marked the time until he could finally put an end to these smug e-criminals. When the moment was finally right he made his move and slapped down the world's first INTERNET LAWSUIT for which the INTERNET COURT would convene. The defendants were none other than andrewpants, jameth, and the various admins of LJDrama. Surely by removing these key elements he would be able to reclaim his rightful place in the spotlight. hepkitten and the rest of LJD staff instantly saw an opportunity to milk the greatest lol-cow in Seattle, SF, and the other hipster stronghold's, history. The Internet lolsuit/trial had been born.
Jameth was immediately summoned for quote "mediacrat v. ljdrama, and went to San Francisco to attend internet court." hepkitten issued a settlement check, a so called "mocking, non-redeemable image of a check issued to so-called "victims" of trolling." Williams' general instability, combined with an innate need for attention, catapulted his online notoriety to levels never seen on the internet as of that time.
Stalkers Gonna Stalk
After his groundbreaking failure Joshua's increasingly deranged behavior began to manifest itself in new and unique ways. After a run in with a classmate/LJ acquaintance he sent a letter to the school saying,
With his legal crusade in full swing he began e-mailing the various ISP's of hated net enemies in the desperate hope to stop the mocking. Unfortunately for him, large well established businesses with a team of lawyers on stand by do not accept lolsuits as proof of wrong doing. The companies promptly deleted his e-mails and his delusion furthered itself to the point of completely dumb shit mediacrat believes. Around this time he sent an e-mail to a local Seattle TV station stating,
Again feeling frustrated over his own personal failings Joshua then switched tactics once more and resumed his Internet litigation DESPITE already being paid his rightly earned e-bucks. His amateur law horror picture show continued on with renewed threats of restraining orders for people not in his state and charges of CASH MONEY. In response, on May 16th, Andrew was arrested on dire LiveJournal charges and "held in internet jail for a couple of days." The following day all parties, Andrew and the ljdrama team, were acquitted. The drama went silent.
Rise of the RL Drama
In response to the psychological stress placed on mediacrat he concocted a solution. He would go and seek out andrewpants, who by this point had moved far away from him, in San Francisco. It was his grandest effort yet to feed his need for personal validation and shouting at people who offend you online. Other persons would view such a course of action as mental instability and violent paranoia but mediacrat wasn't worried. He was the best and he needed to let people KNOW. To consummate how serious he felt about blog posts he phoned his best friend jameth.
jameth wasn't in the mood to pick up the phone for self hating gay men actively destroying their lives so he let it go to voice mail. After reviewing the voicemails at a later time he discovered that in exchange for all of andrewpant's dox he would drop his highly effective lawsuit campaign against jameth. He warned the cat loving jameth that if he did not narc out his friend's full personal details that the police would surely arrest him for the offence. jameth immediately realized the potential of laughs these phone tapes held and immediately uploaded them to the Internet. A transcript can be found below.
—The famous Third Mediacrat voicemail to Jameth.
I HAVE UNLIMITED DISPOSABLE INCOME
The terms unlimited disposable income, rich and beautiful, and "I will have your humility" quickly emerged from this series of voicemails. These voicemails also inspired the composition of a beautiful ballad lampooning Williams' abusive voicemails, "The Ballad of J". The entire localized mediacrat circus erupted into laughter and jameth claimed that Joshua was lying and that he was not visited by any authorities. He went on to express his disappointment over process servers and the lack of lolsuit credibility.
That night jameth would realize how serious and beautiful Joshua truly was when out on a night on the town he ran headlong into the man himself. mediacrat was highly disgruntled and seemingly violently out of his mind during the encounter. Varying eyewitness accounts claim that Joshua removed all but his essential garments in preparation to do battle with jameth. jameth responded by calmly asking him to get the f**k away from him and leave.
In response to jameth's rejection mediacrat then traveled to Portland, Oregon to speak with LiveJournal's personnel about his injustice at being treated so poorly when he would have their humility. He was promptly rejected as it was against company policy to entertain the ravings of mentally ill people.
The Battle Continues
Throughout the late spring and summer of 2004, Williams made outlandish claims "he was negotiating a book deal, had an embedded news crew from MSNBC with him, demanded a million dollar loan from Brad Fitzpatrick, went into police protection, was hired by MSNBC, was in the process of writing a PhD dissertation about the troll war, purchased a Land Rover, went to Las Vegas, and earned some modelling contracts." Following this he continued to threaten litigation against the supposed perpetrators of his Internet drama, which only made for continued drama and much ridicule at Williams' expense. The CL ads continued unabated.
By June of 2004 it was reported that Williams had suffered a serious nervous breakdown and had been institutionalized. The event was confirmed by a series of totally legit e-mails sent to jameth. However, Joshua's stint in the mental ward was not to last and he was soon released. Afterward he promptly called jameth to relate his joy of their new found friendship.
To cement their broken ties mediacrat drew up the blueprints for a class action lawsuit against his continued foes. To celebrate the situation he posted about it to both the Seattle and UW communities to let everyone know how SUPER SRS he was. Was this to be his victory some wondered.
No, because in a stunning turn in this convoluted drama-down the ever crafty jameth had prepared the most ground breaking twist of all. After successfully arguing his case jameth managed to get a restraining order against Joshua. The nets erupted in cheers and tears of laughter. In his one person crusade the crat had forgotten that he HIMSELF could be litigated against. It helps when you aren't a mentally unstable narcissist.
Joshua's response was swift,
Doing the exact opposite of that Joshua continued his postings about the dire legal threats people with restraining orders against you face. This resulted in the short-term restraint order filed against him to be extended to a year. To mark the occasion, mediacrat informed everyone that he was now a top notch model with an agency that had never heard of him. This was the sort of stunt that people had come to adore his drama for and after failing to show up in court for his restraint hearing he was embattled with questions. Our hero then muttered his last significant words,
He then deleted his livejournal FERREALS this time and disappeared from the net permanently. Thus was the story of MEDIACRAT.
The trolling of Mediacrat precipitated the creation of the infamous and lulzy internet wiki, Encyclopedia Dramatica.
Keeping the denizens of Oh Internet's IRC server rich and beautiful! Other than that, whereabouts are unknown.
- Mediacrat is rich, and he is beautiful.
- Mediacrat will have your humility.