6 September 2013

Morally reprehensible but strangely normal.

Do you know what is perplexing me a bit at the moment?

And it's not the fact that people think for the moment that the Liberal party are a good option.  I can make that leap, albeit twitching manically.

The thing that perplexes me is this obsession with videoing oneself doing something morally reprehensible, ethically fucked and just so far from okay - and then sharing it.

Whether its filming your housemate's date because you suspect he's gay, screwing girls too drunk to know or having sex with your colleague at ADFA while your friends' watch in the next room - I am genuinely perplexed.

Why the fuck?

Not only how are the people involved such idiots but how is it that a group of people are sitting around going WE TOTALLY WANT TO WATCH YOU raping Jane AND WE ARE GOING TO SEND IT TO ALL OUR FRIENDS.

Or.  HEY THANKS FOR THE INVITE - I'D LOVE TO WATCH YOU SCREW YOUR GIRLFRIEND OVER THE INTERNET AND I'M GOING TO INVITE SOME MORE OF OUR FRIENDS AND MAKE A NIGHT OF IT.

I confess, in the sixth grade, I was bummed that I wasn't cool enough to be invited to the obstacle course to see Kate kiss Bob for the first time - but let's be clear here -  It was ten year olds gathering to watch Kate kiss Bob on the mouth with as much passion as you might kiss the smelly great-aunt.  A dry, puckered, peck broken up by Mr P who issue detentions to everybody at that obstacle station. (Cue evil cackles from the self righteously dorky in the central courtyard)

And this was before we'd even worked out how to take the phones off walls.

In my circle, we don't even own up to farts.  We do not secretly invite each other to skype our sex sessions or conversations with the possibly gay or the very drunk and randomly promiscuous.  There is such a huge gap between what I consider 'typical' behaviour and this rise of videoed offences.  Who are bringing up these kids to be smart enough to get into ADFA but dumb enough to consider this an acceptable group activity?

Why aren't more people outraged?  Especially when it is resulting in the deaths of the unwitting victims through suicide or destructive behaviour.

Why aren't more people outraged? Especially when our sons and daughters and nieces and nephews and friends are thinking that watching a friend have sex is their idea of a good Friday night out.

Maybe I'm just ridiculously conservative - but I don't get it and I don't think I ever will.  If this indicative of modern popularity for teens - I hope my babies grow up as dorky as hell.  I really, really do.