Blame It On The Cameraphone, Not The Criminal
from the misplaced dept
This is a few days old, but probably worth mentioning: politicians in Greece have banned children from using mobile phones in school. Not because they're a distraction, or for any semi-legitimate reason, but because a 16-year-old girl was gang raped, and some of her female classmates recorded the attack with their mobile phones. This is just the latest iteration of a common trend, like blaming phones for the idiots who "happy slap" people, or blaming YouTube for stupid people and criminals. Banning mobile phones from schools won't stop another rape, all it does is make the Greek politicians look like they're being tough on crime when they're really doing nothing. While the article says "Teachers and psychologists have concluded that the video taping of bad behaviour encourages further disorder as well as competition amongst pupils to create increasingly shocking images," that's a cop out -- the ability to record these disgusting, disturbing acts doesn't make anyone do anything; to insinuate that this rape occurred because it could be easily recorded with a mobile phone merely abdicates the rapists of any responsibility. That's the real issue here: none of these technologies are causing this behavior, and to blame violence on them is to let those that are actually responsible off the hook.