Today, watching a real live murder has never been so easy. You can do it comfortably at home using your computer, or even if you’re out on the street, on the bus, etc., through the new mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, smartphones, tablets and whatever else may be at your disposal. Just an Internet connection and a search engine like YouTube, Yahoo Video, OurMedia, Vimeo, Blip.tv, and you’re done! Death in a click. Images received from all over the world available in full screen mode.
It would seem attractive and apparently it is because those videos of murders are increasingly sought in our search engines and shared online via social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Google+, Netlog, Bebo and so on. The videos of people being shot, stabbed, beaten to death are reaching record views on the web. With one click it was possible to watch live the execution of Osama Bin Laden, fights occurring in the streets and ending up in the worst way, settling of accounts, shootings by the mafia, abominations perpetrated by the police against detainees and many instances of capital punishment.
Below a video that has shocked the United States and the public opinion in general, a 24-year-old boy shot to death by a killer in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
This growing phenomenon is certainly not to be underestimated. It is true today thanks to technology, there are no more secrets or nearly so, but do not forget that death is what we are talking about. Do not forget that there are more and more children who have easy access to the network and these videos can be viewed without any restriction of age. Do not forget also that these videos could exalt people who are already mentally unstable. Is a video of a murder an incitement to violence? This topic is still the subject of a lively debate and public opinion is divided in two about this issue. Be aware of the fact that there are people watching them out of curiosity, people that want to keep themselves updated and people that want to “draw inspiration”. And you who are reading, which category do you belong to?