After reading a comment by Jack on my post ‘Responsibilities down the Tube’ I realised that a lot of the points he was making were very true.
He said: “A more worrying trend is that YouTube gives people ‘what they want’. Unfortunately, it seems that the world we inhabit ‘want’ rape, bullying, death, pornography, racism, gun glorification, propaganda, conspiracy theories, Jackass re-enactments etc. etc.”
When asked “How often have you viewed sexual images in the past month?” on an online survey, only 3% answered “Not once, and I have never before” whereas 27% answered “A few times a week” and 10% answered “Several times a day.” This illustrates the ‘need’ for porn.
YouTube’s statistics show that 6% of the 100 most watched videos on YouTube are porn related. These videos have 15 – 39 million hits each.
However, it’s possible to say that everyone is entitled to watch whatever they want and so if they want to watch porn why should they be prosecuted for doing so? Nevertheless can this be classified as morally wrong?
One could say that none of this is YouTube’s fault – it merely allows people to upload whatever content they wish and therefore highlights a global decline in morality.
Additionally, countless videos uploaded onto YouTube contain racist slander. It’s true to say that everyone has the right to voice their opinion however some of the comments are really out of line and should be removed from the site.
Is morality declining? Is YouTube not to blame, but the sheer moral downfall in society?
If so, we have to proactively tackle the problems in society that are leading to people uploading filth on to YouTube and uncover the root causes.
What do you think? All comments welcome…