“Dying” To Be An Editor

26Jan07

The Conference today ended with a more or less open discussion about citizen journalism, User Generated Media or what we want to call it. The discussion was mostly about the Saddam Hussein footage recorded on a mobile phone during his execution. The focus seemed to be pretty much on who was responsible for whether we should see that kind of content or not and whether we should have a choice.

The general agreement in the audience was mainly, that it wasn’t good with too much of a filter, but on the other hand, no one wanted to accidentally bump in to a video that they didn’t wanted to see.

To use an example that was used in the discussion, where it was said that there is a reason why some magazines are placed on the top shelf in the book store. Everyone knows they are there, and people that want to read them can get them if they want. But people that shouldn’t be exposed to them, in this case children, isn’t.

The same should be true for the Saddam video. There are children around the world that are dead because they played around, trying to hang each other after seeing the video of Saddam Hussein’s execution “somewhere”.

Maybe The Guardian or The BBC don’t show those videos, but who shows them then? YouTube and GoogleVideo are just two! Where the vast majority of visitors are young people and kids. Those kids that are now dead, probably spent more time on YouTube and GoogleVideo than they did on The Guardians or The BBC’s website. Maybe they didn’t have a choice, they probably bumped into the video on the weeks most watched, or something similar. That is just like moving the magazines from the top shelf to the bottom, and sell them in Toys ‘R’ Us!

Maybe it’s a good idea to let us be our own editor, but maybe its a bit to much to ask for a child?

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4 Responses to ““Dying” To Be An Editor”

  1. The copycat hangings appear to have watched the footage on television: see http://copycateffect.blogspot.com/2007/01/saddam-copycats-2-3.html – but a sobering thought nonetheless.

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