Violent online videos should be removed as entertainment

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    People can find a wide range of videos on Web sites, such as YouTube.

    From choreographed wedding dances to the ranting of a woman over a divorce to the latest comedy bits, most of the videos are pretty harmless and entertaining.

    However, some are not so funny.

    With the craze of becoming famous in the online “ce-Web-rity” world, people have resorted to outrageous stunts to try to get attention. But the most horrifying trend that has appeared recently is videos of girls beating up each other.

    Last month, a video of eight Florida teenagers attacking another girl surfaced and generated millions of hits. On April 2, the six girls and two boys, who range in age from 14 to 18, were arrested and tried as adults on charges of battery and kidnapping.

    The video made national headlines and brought attention to “girl fights” that are taped and aired on the Web as a way of revenge, as well as to give someone his or her 15 minutes of fame.

    Another video showing an attack in Indiana popped up online Friday at Photobucket.com. The video is of a 12-year-old girl being beaten by another middle-school girl while others watch and laugh. Authorities believe the attack was inspired by the Florida video, according to an Associated Press article. The victim, who police said was lured to the parking lot where the attack happened, was treated at a hospital for injuries.

    Is this what the thrill of becoming famous on the Internet has come down to? Girls beating up other girls for amusement?

    Glorifying violence and providing an outlet for that violence to serve as entertainment will only cause children and teenagers to find even more shocking and dangerous ways to get attention.

    The media and parents need to bring awareness of this problem before the trend continues to grow. Asking or pressuring sites like YouTube to immediately take down this kind of video would help prevent them from becoming so popular. Parents also need to start paying more attention to what their children are up to and what they are watching on the Internet.

    Elizabeth Davidson is a junior news-editorial journalism major from Austin.