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'Transmitting violence': Livestream video's dark side

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q: it's not likely wise to offer that capability to the general public.

US politicians and academics need to stop scapegoating technology to deflect attention from having a nation that is full of guns and angry racists. And they should not ban the majority of people from using tech just because a tiny minority abuse it. Just imprison the criminals.

Surprisingly, internet content is not immortal. Over time, most material simply vanishes from the net, as it is replaced by new, trending material. This includes most of the (legal) adult images and videos that were posted in the first decades of the internet and much of the history of YouTube.

Initially this was down to the increase in definition and size of monitors and video recording. People simply don't bother with images and video that used to fill a screen but now look like thumbnails or flicker books.

It is a sort of entropy for internet content. New stuff continually displaces old stuff. That's why the Internet Archive tries to record stuff before it has vanished. An image or video could theoretically 'live forever', but the reality is that most Internet content has a remarkably short life span before vanishing.

So worry less, and consider that the crazy people who do these things, are creating the evidence that will put them away in the resulting court action.

As for banning livestreaming: Zoom is basically livestreaming, but with a limited audience. Chain Zoom groups together and you have gonzo livestreaming.

If politicians really want to ban screen violence, widely disseminated to kids as well as adults, they should probably start by banning boxing from TV. And many US TV series and movies, which are often very violent, with lots of shootings.

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These shootings, are not caused by hatred, racism, or mental health issues, video games or violent movies.

it’s caused by two things, one, the right to have a gun and second , how any age seems to have the right to have a gun at 18. Imagine you can have a gun at 18 but omg god forbid giving that person cigarettes or a beer. I’m still trying to find a mass shooting caused by black men, because it just seems to be I’m reading about white people doing this in the USA I could be wrong though!

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I’m still trying to find a mass shooting caused by black men, because it just seems to be I’m reading about white people doing this in the USA I could be wrong though

The NY subway shooter was black. Almost all of the inner city, gang related mass shootings are young black men. The shooter who ambushed and killed five cops in Dallas was black. The DC snipers were black. The Tennessee Kroger's shooter was Burnese and the Boulder Colorado shooter last year was Syrian. There have been two mass shootings in Californian churches recently. One shooter was Mexican, the other Chinese.

All men, though.

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SophiaHernandezMay 21  01:22 pm JST

I’m still trying to find a mass shooting caused by black men, because it just seems to be I’m reading about white people doing this in the USA I could be wrong though

The NY subway shooter was black. Almost all of the inner city, gang related mass shootings are young black men. The shooter who ambushed and killed five cops in Dallas was black. The DC snipers were black. The Tennessee Kroger's shooter was Burnese and the Boulder Colorado shooter last year was Syrian. There have been two mass shootings in Californian churches recently. One shooter was Mexican, the other Chinese.

I don’t think we can equate gangs to one single event.

however I will maintain your more likely to have a mass shooting in the US by Young white men than say any other ethnic group.

here are some statistics.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/476456/mass-shootings-in-the-us-by-shooter-s-race/

The gun lobby and politicians will always point to other things but I’m trying to see how those same things cause mass shootings in Japan.? Unless it’s possible the RIGHT to a gun could be the problem. Let’s remember the tobacco companies and politicians didn’t think it caused cancer. Reduce tabacco consumption and you’ll see a correlation in cancer numbers. I suspect taxing guns, age restrictions, etc and I think we might just see a drop in shooting.

Australia is a good example, as is the UK.

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Yrral,

What about them? I said almost all, and it even furthers my point.

Abe234

I don’t think we can equate gangs to one single event.

however I will maintain your more likely to have a mass shooting in the US by Young white men than say any other ethnic group.

Absolutely. I don't disagree with you. However, you said you couldn't think of a shooting by a black man so I gave you a bunch of examples. And of course it depends on your definition. There is no universally accepted one. For example, how many shooters, how many locations, how many shot and killed?

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The gun lobby and politicians will always point to other things but I’m trying to see how those same things cause mass shootings in Japan.? Unless it’s possible the RIGHT to a gun could be the problem. Let’s remember the tobacco companies and politicians didn’t think it caused cancer. Reduce tabacco consumption and you’ll see a correlation in cancer numbers. I suspect taxing guns, age restrictions, etc and I think we might just see a drop in shooting.

Australia is a good example, as is the UK.

I'd respond but that's completely off topic.

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On the other hand live streaming of events can prevent governments and private companies from covering up their misdeeds. Police misconduct? Live stream it. Employee mistreats someone or is racist towards a customer? Live stream it. Someone shoots up a business? Live stream it. Protest march? Live stream it. Company leveling a piece of land to build something in the dark of the night after a court injunction to protect the land? Live stream that for sure and make sure you get good shots of the people and their equipment for later identification. Somebody killing a protected species? Live stream that too. Make evidence that cannot be taken back later or denied. A cop might try to take your cell phone from you as you record events (at least one state legislature is debating making it illegal to video record or film the police !) but right up to that point you have a live stream of events that the cop cannot later deny in court or suppress from the public. Sometimes that is all the public has when fighting city hall.

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