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.


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    Portia, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:14am

    absolutely

    i thought technology was meant to have practical implications. did these camera phones capture images of the people that did that to a 16? or is everyone having tantrums about phones to such a degree that they forgot a girl was raped and that she deserves some justice. siick siiiick people.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:46am

      Re: absolutely

      Plus the phones will provide evidence for a conviction. Is the purpoose of banning phones really an attempt to prevent compelling evidence in later similar attacts so they can blame the victim?

       

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    heh, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:22am

    heh

    chances are that the camera phone actually prevented one more person from joining in on the gang rape.

     

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    Sean, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:28am

    The girls that recorded it were they any way involved in the incident other than happening to record it? If so they should have charges pressed against them. If not then they just helped to build a case against the persons that did this to further aid in arresting they perpetrators and give strong evidence against them along with identification.

     

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    Disgusted, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:29am

    Ahh once again Greece...

    Well, I've posted on here several times about Greece, I can cause I am Greek and Lived there for 4 years and once again their political system makes an ASS out of the country... I guess they love to look like retards.... God I'm glad I don't live there anymore. There is no hope for that country anymore... They are a lost cause.. Now all the Greeks that will read this post will try to call me out and an curse at me in Greeklish and yada yada yada... because that is their true nature.. If you don't believe me go watch any type of Greek televised debate and you'll see that they never have anything intellectual to say, they just start fighting like old wives...Only thing they agree on is that they don't want to technologically advance cause it's the devil.. The Internet is the devil. Computers are the devil... The country is filled with Bobby Boushae's(water boy's) Moms... Let's smarten up people. Ok let's ban a phone cause someone caught a rape on a video, um use it for evidence??? If that's the case let's ban their money cause all the politicians use the government money to fatten their belly's. I just hate the way that country is run... Makes me sad to think that my father owns a resort over there and it's gonna be mine one day.. To think that I'll have to put up with their shit one day is killin me... Now let the ones that live there start bashing me, C'mon I want it...

     

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    Conman, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:41am

    What!

    does anyone know where I can download the video?

     

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    Disgusted, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:52am

    They must of been some politicians sons or relatives...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:53am

    It's not an either or proposition

    While I don't really agree with the idea that banning the camara phones will solve the problem, I don't think that just because people are saying camara phones are exacerbating the problem doesn't mean they're saying the rapists are somehow innocent. People always seem to want to find a single cause for everything that goes wrong.

     

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    Louis, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:58am

    More of the Same

    A similar thing is happening here in Germany where violent video games are being blamed for the recent spate of school shootings. A few politicians are pushing for the complete criminalization of "killerspiele", as it is known here. Which will turn yours truly and millions of other gamers into genuine criminal offenders. Personally, I see it as just another witch-hunt dressed in the usual "who-will-save-our-children" guise.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 8:08am

    wtf?

    hrm.. seems to me they should ban gang rape..?
    what a retarded place..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 8:13am

    Well, in most other cases that would be called 'evidence' and the scum bag should go to jail for many years....

    Can't see why 'evidence' like that's bad... maybe I missed something.

     

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    Darrell, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 8:14am

    Reality

    What was done to the girl is aweful, that it was taped makes it even worse. I say hang all of them that were involved and did nothing to help or stop it.

    I do however think banning phones in school is a good thing, not because of them recording illegal acts but because it distracts from their education. Do the right thing for the wrong reason (the Greek authorities), or because it's an excuse to do the right thing is the cowards way out, but that makes it no less the right thing to do.

    Cameras of any ilk, like games or rock-n-roll, do not cause peoples behavior, they do make it easier for people to excuse their behavior. Cameras escpecially can cause a mob like behavior, but they are not the cause of it.

     

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    Sanguine Dream, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 8:32am

    A sad day...

    In this day and age when most rape charges are hard to solve because of the heresay and did they really want to have sex we have a case in which the evidence was literally handed over on a silver platter (assuming the camera phone was silver) and they want to blame the phone?

    I'm not versed in political double talk but I have a hard time believing even a politicain can make a believabale argument that would prove removal of the cameraphones would prevent rape.

    If you're gonna ban something then at least have the balls to do it for a real reason.


    And to comment #8:

    People always seem to want to find a single cause for everything that goes wrong.

    Reason they do that is so they can push some magical cure all law that will save the children, evironment, or whatever the cause is for that election term.

     

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    Celeste, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 8:36am

    It hurts to know...

    It hurts to know that as a female that other females would stand by and watch a rape. What is happening to our children?

     

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    On the phone, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 8:38am

    Details are vague ...

    So the girl's classmates video her getting gang-raped but did nothing to stop it?? Is that because they were actually accomplices to the act?

    All of the articles seem REALLY vague on details, except for the lunacy which has resulted ...

    Whew, I thought things were screwed up here ...

     

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    AuntJackie, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 8:40am

    Appalled

    Why can't they use the footage made by the mobile phones as evidence and be glad that someone had something to contribute instead of banning the phones? What is being done to the rapists?? Probably nothing? And as asked above were the other girls involved or were they attempting to capture it for intended evidence?

     

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    MANX, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 8:59am

    I agree with you

    Its totally a shame that people focus on something that is not the cause of the problem.... Its like if you are a Chef and if you do bad recipes and dishes blame the stove or the pan. Its ilogical.

     

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    WTH, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 9:03am

    Hmmm...Sounds like...

    Gee!! This sounds like gun control. After all, people don't get murdered in countries that have gun control - or do they...?

    I'm tired of the cop-outs get tough on the guilty and make people responsible - is it pretty - no, but it must be done to have affect on society.

     

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    Use some reality, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 9:20am

    You know as well as I that when a camera is around, it will cause some people to act like an idiot. Look at any live news broadcast, and you see people in the background acting like an idiot. Cameras show up and rioters start to act up.

    If you deny that cameras don't encourage and even cause behavior then you are either lying or stupid.

    As for the case in Greece, the thing that surprised me was that a girl was the victim. I am surprised it wasn't a boy.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:13am

      Re:

      If you deny that cameras don't encourage and even cause behavior then you are either lying or stupid.

      i didn't know that the invention of rape and cameras coincided

       

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    Disgusted, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 9:51am

    As for comment #19... "I'm surprised it wasn't a boy"

    Listen all I have to say is I dare you get get out from your keyboard and say that to my face. I'll show you what Army SF training can do to someone that pisses us off.

     

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      The infamous Joe, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 10:08am

      To Disgusted

      Hopefully they taught you self control, how to use that muscle in your skull, and how to not be baited by someone obviously trying to start something.

      Here's to hoping..

       

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      mr. rogers, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:15am

      Re: Dumbass

      " i kill people for politicians" thats a special force

       

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    KIKI, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 10:07am

    Blame It on The Camera Phone not the Crimminal..

    That is a bunch of bull!!!! The focus should be okay we have evidence now how much time are these kids going to get... They need to know that this was a bad thing and all involvled should be punished how disgusting! Banning phones will not stop this behavior! But holding them accountable and punishing them will be more effective and will hopefully set an example for the rest of there peers..

     

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    Disgusted, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 10:12am

    Your right and they have and I would, but I just hate guys that are bitches...

     

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    typical meathead, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 10:13am

    morons

    What a typical meathead response... Someone makes a pretty reasonable point, namely the fact that greeks (since the dawn of their civiliation) have kind of had a thing for same sex relations, namely those involving minors and here come the meathead with the "i'll beat your A__" response.. Bravo! Seriously why not use your SF training and finish up this mess in Iraq so my friends and family can come home.

     

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    Disgusted, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 10:23am

    I think your mistaking Greeks with the ITALIAN CEASAR.

     

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    Sanguine Dream, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 10:38am

    We dont deny that...


    If you deny that cameras don't encourage and even cause behavior then you are either lying or stupid.


    We don't deny it. But to think that simply banning camera phones is going stop outrageous behavior like that is gullible. We're not just talking about making noise or disrupting class, this is rape. I highly doubt these guys saw a camera phone and were suddenly inspired to rape someone.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 10:41am

    greeks weren't homos

    they just "pracitced" on little boys. well there was no penetration, and it was a learning expierence over a sexual pleasure one. or so i've been told in my greek studies classes.

    but hey, what do i know? im not greek, nor did i live with the ancient greeks.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 10:45am

      Re:

      And I here back in the day the greeks would through some really good parties. Involving lots of alcohol, men, women and farm aminals.

      But they were'nt gay. It was just a drunken orgy!

       

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    mr. rogers, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:03am

    political statement

    Politician Says:
    Quick ban those phones the people my catch us raping them

     

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    W. Wade, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:04am

    Isn't rape a crime in Greece? If it is, wouldn't the video be considered as evidence? How about using the phones to call the police? How about showing the video to the parents of the boys involved in the rape, that should make them REAL proud.

     

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    Disgusted, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:13am

    Notice all of you posting bashing Greeks are Anonymous Coward's...Just like the insurgents I shoot every day hiding behind a mask. And to those that are telling me to learn to read or that I'm a meat head. Hmm... A meat head 6 months away from a masters... Probably better than some of you will ever do with your lives... Thank you and have a great day.

     

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      mr. rogers, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:19am

      Re: disgusted

      a little homophobia?

       

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      Michael, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:42am

      Re:Disgusted

      So do you think, Disgusted, that your Army training allows you to beat people up who piss you off? Do you think you will get away with it? Just curious. If someone in real life pissed you off, you would use your "omg uber" training and kick their ass... would you expect to go to jail? Probably not. The sad thing is, you probably wouldn't.

       

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    1st Computer, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:32am

    Freedom Requires Responsibility

    it is unfortunate that we are living in a world where everyone wants to be free to do their own thing without any controls or laws. as technology is racing forward to make many things possible very few of us think of the ramifications of all the new things that are possible. there are never any ethical questions about how we GRAB our FREEDOM and how it impacts anyone else. in the age of instant gratification or shame anything goes. what a sorrowful world we are changing into.

     

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    Just a guy, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:34am

    Don't worry, the end is near. Revelations says so...

     

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    The infamous Joe, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:44am

    I less than three scapegoats.

    I quoteth from the article:

    "In other European nations parents provide their children with mobile phones because they are worried about sexual predators.

    However, Greece remains a relatively safe country in that respect.."

    So...this is what I got from this: Parents worry about sexual predators, so they buy their kid a phone. Okay, so then sexual predators attack a little girl at school.. so... naturally the school should take away they phones. Makes perfect sense. Obviously, the phone raped her.

    I'm just glad politicians are the same across the globe.

    and, to show some unrelated navy love to my meathead friend-- a degree doesn't make you a smart person, but how you handle yourself, on and off the computer, can make you seem pretty foolish. Remember you're not just making yourself look foolish, but you're dragging everyone's opinion of the military with you. We've got enough things going against us as it is. I was a submarine sailor, and if that little gay joke offended you, they need to issue you fellas some thicker skin.

     

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    Conman, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:46am

    "Queers"

    Why is it that everyone seems so intent on slamming the girls who took the video?
    What were they supposed to do? they just got a brand new Vodafone treo 750v with an unlimited data plan and they're not supposed to use it to post on youtube.......geeez.
    I think the illegal aliens are to blame,.....or maybe Muslims,.....or maybe Jews,......or maybe Michael Richards,...... or maybe Elvis.
    The truth is so simple, let everyone do whatever they want to whomever they want and dont do anything to stop it.
    or maybe Blame the rest of us for passively standing by the wayside while our entire civilization crumbles around us because our parents were too scared to let us fight the bullies at school. if you dont take care of yourself, no one will.

     

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    Disgusted, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:50am

    OK shipmate, I myself went through Great Mistakes, I passed in review Nov '98. You guys are right I shouldn't of gone off the edge. My apologies to everyone on this page and the armed forces.. Just stressed out here ya know...?

     

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    Dawson, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:53am

    It prevents crime

    This video could prevent criminals, because a lot of people have cell phone with video recording features. This would enable peoples faces to be captured and maybe even bust them.

    These criminals would know that people have cell phones and not commit crime through fear of having their face captured.

     

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    Dawson, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 11:53am

    It prevents crime

    This video could prevent criminals, because a lot of people have cell phone with video recording features. This would enable peoples faces to be captured and maybe even bust them.

    These criminals would know that people have cell phones and not commit crime through fear of having their face captured.

     

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    Jack, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 12:25pm

    Maybe it's just me, I tried to video tape two guys coming out my neighbor window . I had no control of the camera it went flying as they were coming out the window and didn't even get their faces on the tape. I ran as fast as I could and it wasn't fast enough. The police did capture the two guys and they went away for three years. I didn't have it in me to just stand and tape it. I did try, but I just couldn't sit by an watch ( tape ) a crime . I know some people can , (not putting anyone down) I had all intents of getting them on tape for the police. Banning the phones from the kids makes no sense, I agree with that . It is sad that no one gets involved anymore. Except the criminals apparently.

     

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    Unknowledgeable Geek, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 12:27pm

    Camera Phones

    I do agree cameras to some extent bring upon different behaviours out of humans. But mainly TV cameras, nowadays camera phones are so readily available. I don't believe camera phones would have the same effect on the look at me mentality of cameras.

    But maybe I am ignorant

     

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    Use some reality, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 12:35pm

    Disqusted, who are you kidding? You found a university that awards masters while you are shooting people? Seems like you protest too much about the homosexuality issue, you used to bending over for the soap in the communal showers too much?

    Seems to me the only person exhibiting keyboard courage here is you. That isn't surprising though. You are either a troll or an idiot, and to tell the truth, I care about neither.

     

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    Disgusted, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 12:52pm

    Um it's called one sememster left when I get back from here. Do you honestly think that I'm taking classes out here? Or do you honestly think that I meant that I was going to school during my tour in Iraq; And as far as keyboard courage I'll just leave that one alone. Have a good day and your welcome...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 1:04pm

    to disgusted

    you are SF? that means you sneak around, killing people, doing "the good" fight? right?

    you are no more a terrorist to them as they are a terrorist to you. the difference, is that i think you are the good guy and they are the baddies. but if the iraqui were saying this, US are baddies and iraq are good.

    so....yeah, it's all on judgement.

     

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    Disgusted, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 1:11pm

    Well, right now my job is to find Iraqi's that want to rid their country of the insurgency and train them to be soldiers and have them doing recon so my team and I may find weapon stashes, and underground cells. Occasionally yes, I will have to shoot, but most of the work is really done for recon purposes...

     

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    Use some reality, Dec 13th, 2006 @ 10:59am

    Disgusted

    Honestly, I don't think there is any honesty in any of your posts.

     

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    lil'bit, Dec 13th, 2006 @ 12:32pm

    To Disgusted

    My apologies for all the ignorant jerks on this page. I'm extremely sorry that you are in Iraq and not in school, finishing up your Master's.
    I opposed the invasion of Iraq for a number of reasons, first and foremost - people like you, who go do the dirty work while the rest of us sit back and kvetch. It is unfortunate that the civilians that forced us into Iraq had absolutely no clue what anyone with even a little knowledge of the history of the region could have foretold. It is unfortunate that the US military has been forced into a role for which it is not designed nor trained (reconstruction and economic development) It is CRIMINAL that the same politicians that sent you off with a fanfare then snuck around in secret, attempting to slash funding for hazardsous duty pay, medical benefits to the injured, survivor's benefits - need I go on?
    It is equally criminal that approximately 40% of the population once supported the invasion and then, after seeing what a mess it became, decided that maybe they didn't support it after all. Absolutely nothing has happened in Iraq, including the lack of any WMD, that could not have been foreseen by anyone who took an afternoon to do some research on the region and specifically, the US-Iraq (Hussein) alliance/enimity.

    I may not believe in the reason for you being in Iraq but, as long as you are there, you have my support. The least i can do to show it is to continue to be viligent in doing what I can to safeguard your benefits and rights and those of your family.

    (In the interests of full disclosure, my father retired from the Army Reserve as a Lt. Colonel; my mother worked for Selective Service in Southern California and Arizona for most of the Vietnam War years.)

     

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    Disgusted, Dec 14th, 2006 @ 8:17am

    Thank you Use some reality I really appreciate that...

     

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    Disgusted, Dec 14th, 2006 @ 8:19am

    And to lil'bit. I'm glad that there are still people in the US that realize what we're doing, and understand the sacrifice we make for people like USE SOME REALITY...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 12th, 2007 @ 3:46pm

    i'm sure the girl who got raped appreciated that she was thought of 1st.

     

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