Lock up those who post acts of vi­o­lence and crash on­line

The Star (Jamaica) - - Comments The Weekend Star -

In this era of smart­phones, peo­ple have de­vel­oped an affin­ity for tak­ing pic­tures and videos of them­selves, pop­u­lar per­son­al­i­ties, tragedies, and mem­o­rable mo­ments. These, they post on the var­i­ous so­cial-me­dia plat­forms and then hinge their feel­ings on how many ‘likes’ are gen­er­ated.

What this phe­nom­e­non has also done is turn many into lu­natics. Over the past few months, I have had the mis­for­tune of com­ing across a cou­ple of videos that have re­in­forced my be­lief.

One of the more egre­gious and ter­ri­bly dis­turb­ing of them in­volved two women in ru­ral Ja­maica locked in a life-and-death strug­gle.

In the grue­some video last­ing sev­eral min­utes, the two women were en­tan­gled on the ground. One held a knife by the han­dle, while the other was hold­ing on to the blade. The one hold­ing the blade com­plained that she could not see as there was blood pour­ing into her eye from a wound ei­ther

above it or on the eye it­self.

One of them then or­dered a boy who was stand­ing nearby to go fetch an­other knife. All this time, the man record­ing this was egging them on as if this was some dra­matic movie scene. All he had to do was break up the deadly scuf­fle and talk sense into the two women, who were clearly in­tent on killing each other.

The most hor­ri­fy­ing part of all this is the fact that no one moved to break up the fight even after es­tab­lish­ing that it could have even­tu­ally proven to be deadly.

Sur­pris­ingly, the boy ac­tu­ally re­turned with the knife, and that was when I stopped watch­ing be­cause I was mor­ti­fied just think­ing about what could hap­pen next.

What is clear, how­ever, is that as a peo­ple, we have lost our minds. In what ra­tio­nal world would some­one keep film­ing this life-and-death strug­gle in­stead of try­ing to break it up?

How does it make sense to keep on record­ing these two women clearly for noth­ing else but en­ter­tain­ment?

These are not the days of an­cient Rome when gla­di­a­tors fought to the death in the Coli­seum for noth­ing but the plea­sure of the blood­thirsty mob look­ing on.

I be­lieve it is time we passed laws to crim­i­nalise the act of film­ing these types of sit­u­a­tions as well as bod­ies from fa­tal crashes, and so on, and post­ing them on­line.

There is a des­per­ate need to get us back to our hu­man­ity. Only a peo­ple who have come to nor­malise mur­der and may­hem, even as it un­folds be­fore their eyes, could even fathom do­ing these sorts of things.

More­over, that, for me, is more dis­turb­ing than any killing or fa­tal ac­ci­dent that you could ever see.

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