So much like _why, Mark Pilgrim has decided to pack up and leave the internet (no particular reason given).
On one hand, events like this result in a giant shock to the body of the tech community. Taking away the works of Mark Pilgrim just results in a smaller pool of global information and resources for all. It does feel somewhat like someone rage-quitting: taking their ball(s) and going home.
On the other hand, I think it's laudable that someone has enough willpower and presence of mind to decide to bow out entirely, especially when it comes to asserting their right to their information and intellectual property by removing all traces of themselves.
So as much as it feels l like a giant middle finger, I think we should at least recognize that leaving the grid is a perfectly cromulent option. Otherwise, we're just being held hostage by the very tools we help invent.