Because Without YouTube, No One Would Know What Huffing Is
from the why-that'll-get-rid-of-the-problem-right-there dept
The latest in a recent burst of stories about people freaking out over videos on YouTube (such as the complaints about lockpicking videos) is that a drug abuse prevention group has asked thousands of its members to bombard YouTube demanding they take down videos of kids "huffing" (inhaling chemicals to get high). They complain that the videos show the practice without the downside (you know, brain damage, death, etc.) that can come with huffing. Again, though, this misses the point. It's not as if kids don't know about the practice or how it works -- and simply hiding a few videos on YouTube doesn't solve the problem, it just hides it. It makes these anti-drug activists think they've done something to help when all they've done is pretend that if kids don't see videos they won't take part. Why not spend the effort making sure that people do realize the dangers associated with huffing, rather than pretending the problem goes away if you hide some videos?