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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Will it ever be enough?

Will there ever come a time when people finally say, "enough is enough" when it comes to online content? I'm a big fan of sharing tools like open source code, YouTube and MySpace. But something struck me as odd the other day when I logged onto YouTube and watched something as inspiring as a father push his paraplegic son through a triathlon, and then switched over and watched Saddam Hussein be hanged.

Of course, everyone is in an uproar over how the video could be leaked. Please, give me a break. The video was shot with the sole purpose of being put on YouTube. There were plenty of measures that could have been taken to ensure no video recording equipment was allowed inside the execution room. But we want to watch. We have to watch. We now somehow feel like it's our right to watch.

With that right comes responsibility. So far, we're short on honoring that responsibility.

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