I read PT, because there's enough interesting mixed in with the crazy. For example, I never really thought about the victim's responsibility in domestic violence. Not sure that I buy it, but it was interesting.
The problem with reading PT and other train wreck blogs is that I fear the Kitty Genovese affect. What if she's really getting pummeled and I do nothing? I don't know if she is or she isn't, because she put a picture of her goddamn ass on the Internet. Credibility issues. A few months back, she sounded very suicidal, so I e-mailed her to see if she was really going to put a gun to her head. What if she killed herself and I made no effort to stop it? Other bloggers have written that they want to kill themselves on the Internet. It puts me in a really bad spot.