Friday, 26 October 2007


The BBC is reporting that Anthony Anderson, an animal from Hartlepool who urinated on a dying woman in the street as it was classic “You Tube” material, has been jailed for three years. The whole scenario defies comment, and whilst many people will consider the sentence to short, it could have been a lot worse.

I also feel that “You Tube” have escaped criticism on this issue. In their desperation to cover the bizarre and weird actions of individuals, they have in essence encouraged this type of behaviour. Videos of people street fighting, putting fire works up their backsides and school children bullying class mates in the yard are examples of You Tubes failure to monitor what gets posted on their site. Yes they do withdraw items when things go too far, but it’s the fact that they can be posted in the first place that is disturbing. Films, videos and TV programmes etc, are all subject to broadcasting standards and age restrictions. The trash on You Tube however, is not. Titillation before morality? Of course it is.

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