Tuesday, February 17, 2009
So this kid Kenny Glenn (in a ski mask) punches and abuses a cat on-camera, posts it on YouTube, gets his identity found out by enterprising Internet users. Somebody starts a website with his name on it that posts all his personal contact information (including that of his family).
Here are the questions:
Are you cool with posting personal info like that on the web with the purpose of harassing someone who has committed a heinous act?
Are you normally not cool with doing such a thing (because of due process, etc), but the kid seemed like a creep anditwasadefenselesscatforgodssake, so just this one time you will look the other way on it?
Would you be less cool about posting the info if there was no video-tape in the Kenny Glenn case, but only testimony from an eyewitness, etc? Did the videotape "sell" this case to you?
Would you be ok about posting the identifying information of registered sex offenders --not just having a list of names, but having one web page for each person, completely "outing" them? And contact info on their families, if they were harboring the offender?
If somebody said something racist, sexist, or homophobic on YouTube, would you be ok with posting all their personal information on a website so people could harass them?
If you disagreed with somebody strongly on political issues, would you be ok with posting their contact information on the Internet, under the theory that it might embarrass them and cause them to rethink their position (or just be a lot more "underground about it")?
Do you think Kenny Glenn or a member of his family might get possibly physically hurt by the posting of this public information?
Do you think that what Kenny Glenn was so heinous that only "Internet Justice" could ever really punish him? Or do you feel that there is never a call to post anybody's personal info online for the purpose of harassment?
Hey, that movie critic Glenn Kenny must be having a great week, huh? (I almost totally wrote his name instead of Kenny Glenn in this post).
My only opinions on this issue is that it was truly a horrific beating for the cat on the Kenny Glenn video, and also that the way the 14-year-old hit and yelled at the cat strongly resembled something he possibly observed an adult do -- and I hope, in the investigation, that angle will be explored (as I'm pretty sure it will be, with psych evaluations etc.).
Please Google the referenced site and video to find out more.