I’ve noticed that people are stretching ethics trying to get attention, we’ve seen it from the guys of Jack Ass and we see it a lot on the net on reddit, 4chan, digg, facebook etc. People are setting up a wide range of hoaxes or jokes just to get attention. Most of them are harmless, like the ones who create a couple of fake users on Facebook and have a blast at each other for everyone else to see or moves a traffic sign to design a funny situation and submit their photo to reddit.
Then we have the father in Larimer County, Colorado – most likely that was a hoax and now the family might loose their kids and get a $500000 fine. If it is true that this was a hoax its a new level of getting attention – they have ruined their kids’ life, how far out is that?
Its like people have no ethical borders left – who do our youngsters learn from? Media and adults, they think its normal and I’m not surprised that this problem will grow larger and larger. Kids learn from adults that its ok to punch down a buddy if they are angry, they learn that war is normal, they learn that bombing a city with innocent people is normal, they learn if they videotape something crazy they will get a lot of attention via media.
Where are we going with this?