>> E-mail from Chisa
begins with people receiving "Mail" (e-mail, basically)
from Chisa Yomoda, a girl who had committed suicide. At
first, the students at Lains school comfort each other
by saying that the e-mail from Chisa was just a hoax, a
prank. Based on our class study of online hoaxes,
the e-mail from Chisa would fit in this category. However,
in the series, it does turn out that the e-mails are coming
from Chisa, who has "abandoned her body." Regardless,
the very nature of these e-mails qualify them as a hoax.
Like online hoaxes, word of the incident spreads across
students and other schools. The e-mail contains a deceptive
and mysterious message: "We dont need our bodies.
We can live on and connect in the Wired." This is similar
to online hoaxes in that it uses convincing language, such
as "dont need" and makes promises that the
body can live on. In hoaxes, the e-mails appeal to human
emotion. Chisa utilizes this characteristic of hoaxes to
get her point across, and to get people to pay attention.
The mysterious nature of the e-mail forces students to tell
other students about the mail, thus spreading the information
further. This online hoax in the world of Lain helps
to show the power of the Internet, and how easily it can
effect users emotionally.
Since readers participate, and it spreads like a virus,
this e-mail is similar to a hoax.