Im­pres­sion­able kids hooked by vul­gar videos

China Daily - - COMMENT -

A VIDEO CLIP show­ing a mo­tor­cy­clist in Zhao­tong, Yun­nan prov­ince, car­ry­ing six pri­mary school pupils on his mo­tor­bike has proved pop­u­lar after it was shown on­line. China Ed­u­ca­tion Daily com­mented on Thurs­day:

While the man’s be­hav­ior was dan­ger­ous and should have raised con­cerns, as the com­ments show, most view­ers found the clip amus­ing rather than alarm­ing. But many other pop­u­lar video clips have con­tained vi­o­lent and sex­ual con­tent un­fit for pub­lic con­sump­tion.

Iron­i­cally, the web­sites that stream such videos are among the most vi­brant dot­com com­pa­nies and they have at­tracted a lot of in­vest­ment. But what they do is ba­si­cally the same, at­tract­ing view­ers with sen­sa­tional short videos, some of which are coarsely staged and pro­duced, while some are sus­pected of vi­o­lat­ing rel­e­vant rules and laws. It is strange that th­ese prac­tices have been tol­er­ated for so long by the au­thor­i­ties.

Most of the view­ers are ado­les­cents, who tend to find such con­tent ap­peal­ing. This cre­ates an un­healthy cir­cle in which un­suit­able con­tent is the bait for huge au­di­ence which makes peo­ple put money into the com­pa­nies in the ex­pec­ta­tion of quick re­turns, which in turn prompts even more sala­cious and vi­o­lent con­tent to at­tract more view­ers. It is only the in­vestors who ben­e­fit from such a busi­ness model.

The com­pe­ti­tion for at­tract­ing eye­balls means the sites pur­sue the strange, ex­cit­ing and ab­surd, and young­sters who lack the abil­ity to judge the value of what they are view­ing are mis­guided.

The in­ter­net ser­vice providers and pub­lic se­cu­rity ad­min­is­tra­tive au­thor­i­ties are obliged to take joint ac­tions to clean up the video streaming web­sites. The leg­is­la­ture needs to amend the law to strictly ban the vul­gar videos and in­crease the penal­ties for those that break the law.

It is time to re­move th­ese tu­mors in cy­berspace.

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