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Camera Phone Chaos!
By: Emory Brown
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The invention of the mobile phone was a feat in itself. This device allows people to roam the earth and have conversations with their loved ones and friends in a matter of seconds, regardless of where they were in the world. I remember when the world thought beepers were the hottest thing since sliced bread. Now, with the evolution of video recording phones, we are witnessing a new kind of motion film revolution: Camera phone chaos.

These are video recordings via phones that are being posted on sites like YouTube, and others worldwide, where people tune in to watch random acts of violence that are committed daily throughout the country and worldwide. These are not the legal protests that are being posted, such as people fighting for their rights. These posts are pure violence...a reflection of the state of world culture as it relates to attitudes towards acceptable and socially responsible content.

Over the last several months I have been watching the development of a sub-culture of people who tune in and share these videos with family and friends. The videos are, in most cases, horrifically violent. Recently, I seen a video posted on YouTube in which a young woman strikes a bus driver while he is driving the bus. The man suddenly stops the bus and gets up to retaliate and gives the young lady a three-blow combination in which he finishes her off with an uppercut and then proceeds to throw her unconscious frame off the bus. However, what’s more disturbing is that the entire time, the passengers aren’t saying a word; they are sitting there watching it as if it’s a reality TV show. They have postings of young men who are beating up homeless people as they lay helpless and defenseless in the streets. People are violating human rights on numerous fronts as it’s recorded live. There are robbers and thugs who record their robberies and share them friends. Yet the saddest ones that I’ve seen to date are the reoccurring violent videos of the young men disrespecting young women. To date 1,671,388 viewers have tuned in to watch Lil Reese of GBE, a rap crew from Chicago, beat and stomp a young woman to the ground. This video was posted on YouTube and other sites prior to it being pulled down due to complaints from fans. Over one million people tuned in to watch a rapper beat a girl up. Truly sad! Truly pitiful!

Therefore, the question begs to be asked. Have reality television shows like Jerry Springer and others brainwashed the masses into watching violence as normal form of entertainment? Have we become passive observers and vehement camera-phone-videographers that jump at a moment’s notice to capture violence in the act for the pleasure of posting it on social media sites? Are we the new-age patrons of the once-loved sport of gladiators? Do we miss the days of old?

Do we want to be the actors who set the stage for the mayhem to begin? Maybe the world has always been this violent, and today we just have more outlets to see it. Maybe having smartphones isn’t so smart...because chaos is in our midst, and we’re just tuning in like it’s all Hollywood and props.


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About the Author
Emory Brown is an award-winning creative director/writer whose mission is to spread the gospel of what great marketers can do when they put their heads together and work together for the greater good and not the bottom line. Working with many esteemed clients, his portfolio of work ranges in genre from conservative to ultra-modern including American Family Insurance, United Airlines, Mazda 6 and RX-8, Illinois Lottery, Tyson, Miller Genuine Draft, Nike Air Force 1, and Mercedes Benz, to name a few.  
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