A tale of gay love and epic trolling
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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 began to report what he deemed as suspicious activity (e.g. the theft of a pumpkin from the front door of Williams' house, the posting online of various unflattering pictures of Williams) and subsequently took his trivial IRL dramas to the Internet.
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. Williams began to make frivolous legal threats against Andrewpants, Jameth, and members of the now defunct site LJDrama.com.
Williams even went so far as to travel to LiveJournal headquarters in Portland, Oregon, to supposedly discuss the matter with members of LiveJournal's abuse team.
Rise to fame
Throughout the late spring and summer of 2004, Williams made outlandish claims (e.g. that an embedded crew from MSNBC was collaborating with him, that he had obtained a modeling contract) and continued to threaten litigation against the supposed perpetrators of his Internet drama, which only made for continued drama and much ridicule at Williams' expense.
During this time Williams notified the local NBC affliate in Seattle about his problems. When this failed, he left abusive voicemails on Jameth's cellphone, from which the terms unlimited disposable income, rich and beautiful, and "I will have your humility" emerge. These voicemails also inspired the composition of a beautiful ballad lampooning Williams' abusive voicemails, "The Ballad of J". Another LJ user, Hepkitten, created the world's first internet settlement check; a mocking, non-redeemable image of a check issued to so-called "victims" of trolling.
By June of 2004 it was reported that Williams had suffered a serious nervous breakdown and had been institutionalized. After this, Williams subsequently filed a restraining order against both Andrewpants and Jameth; this was extended to a year. By July and after claiming to work in a non-existent position at a local modeling firm, Williams abandoned LiveJournal.
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.
—The famous Third Mediacrat voicemail to Jameth.
- Mediacrat is rich, and he is beautiful.
- Mediacrat will have your humility.