On the news recently, there’ve been a lot of stories about an attack on a 17 year old that was filmed and put on YouTube. The beating took place in…

On the news recently, there’ve been a lot of stories about an attack on a 17 year old that was filmed and put on YouTube. The beating took place in Chicago and was supposedly in retaliation for the victim’s involvement in a prior fight. Seven teens are being charged for the attack, which went on for several minutes. Obviously, it takes a pretty stupid person to be able to hurt someone else like that. But it seems like another level of stupidity to videotape yourself doing it and then post it to a website where your friends, parents, and the police can see it. YouTube is filled with videos of amateur fights, all of them difficult and depressing to watch. This recent story has made me wonder whether there are so many fight videos because of YouTube, or whether people just happen to have a place to put their videos now. Do people start fights ignorantly hoping for YouTube fame? Is YouTube encouraging violence by hosting these videos on their website? If any of the teens who participated in this beating did so because they thought that they’d make a popular video out of it, that raises serious issues about YouTube’s role in our culture.
– Will

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