posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 08:12 AM
I think it depends how you want to look at it, i don't think it's new it's just we have a new way of making content available.
Years back we had romans killing people in spectacles (gladiators anyone?), the greeks had wrestling, there were witch burnings and bare fist
fighting, cock fights, dog fights etc etc.
All were public spectacles, there is a part of society that involves people with very base needs. They aren't necessarily bad people or even violent
themselves, they just have a need to satifsy and that need is filled now more easily than ever before.
I myself am just not into porn, it's just never done anything for me. However lots of people enjoy it, the want to see naked men and women has always
been through society just take a look back! The acts that are protrayed aren't more violent, these acts have usually just been more private. Couples
frm the beginning of time have engrossed themselves in all sorts of sex acts, the only difference now is that we're allowed to view it at leisure as
the manacles of repression are removed from society.
Nothing should be taboo in my view as long as it doesn't hurt another person without their consent. If someone wants to get tied up and whipped as it
gives them a thrill then who cares? As long as they want that and it oesn't breka any major laws. If someone wants to film it and show it to others
who like it, then it's up to them, as long as it's consenting.
As for the ultra violent videos, well people used to go and view publis autopsies out of fascination, maybe that's what we're seeing. Most people i
see watching these things are in a mix of horror and morbid curiosity, to see ourselves so easily broken.
As for the people you mentioned laughing at these videos, well i've seen that as well and it sickens me. These people are very detached from what
they're seeing that's the whole issue. They don't relate that video to an actual person, merely an object. That isn't society that's the problem,
it's a small group of sick minded individuals and it honestly worries me when i see someone laughing at someones head being cut off. I find it
absolutely abhorent and i often wonder if these people are right in the head.
Should we ban this stuff? Well no i don't think so, i think of course we should remove it from sites where kids can see it (youtube for example) as
it could seriously scar a young child.
Are we more violent as a whole? I don't think so, i just think we have easier access to things that many people have always wanted to see. As i
listed above we've always had violent entertainment, now it's just easier to get.
A very scare thing i once had happen was a friend of a friend showed me a video on his mobile phone. It was a man having his head hacked off, he
played it to me and i asked him to stop half way through, he was smiling at me like he was on drugs. When i just looked at him in disgust he got very
angry and almost violent. He thought that me not enjoying it was some kind of bad thing and maybe i thought i was better than him or something.
I never went near him again, he seemed like someone who could seriously crack and hurt people, that kind of person i think is rare, but they're out
there. People are more desensitized i agree, but there is a cut off between real life and online videos for most people.
Remember that violent people will always gravitate towards violent media, but then again you have perfectly normal people who play a video game
blowing someones head off and then go to work in a hospital saving lifes. It's down to the individual.
[edit on 21-4-2008 by ImaginaryReality1984]