New Media and Crime

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Criminal acts on Internet

Creeps who commit crimes and post them
An unfortunate effect of Web 2.0 technologies is that some creeps commit crimes and then post their criminal acts on the Internet. This is mild compared to some stuff that has been put out there. Murders have been posted many times. The acts posted here got a number of comments to YouTube including this comment:

Thanks to all for your comments & support and everyone who contacted us at Metrolink about the video. Good News: The tagger and his partner who videotaped him tagging our equipment were tracked by our LA County Sheriffs and CHP. They were both arrested for felony vandalism. He had a long history of tagging over 30 freeway overpasses in LA and SB counties and is in state prison. The videographer has also been charged and is facing prison as well.

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One Response to “New Media and Crime”

  1. Mark A Says:

    I’m an appreciator of graffiti art and love the concept of the public retaking the public space with art that holds no pretense of fancy private exhibit. However, opportunistic taggers work solely for self-aggrandizement and other selfish reasons with no thought towards bettering the places they paint. Taggers like the one here are the cases that have given the art form its longstanding bad name.

    On the subject of murder, Ogrish.com posts dozens of collected and uncensored videos depicting real death and violence on an active basis. Most recently it featured footage of Saddam’s execution and plenty of footage of guerilla ambushes in Iraq. While it may not be the most appealing subject matter in the world, I think the site plays a vital role in presenting video and images that would never see the light of day on mainstream media channels.

    Personally, I believe that public access to such unsanitized footage and documentation of death and everything that comes with it serves to remind people of an integral part of reality that those in the First World pretend to overlook.

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