Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
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YouTube Delivers Fresh High School Violence Every Day


Here is a secret thing I do sometimes, when I'm feeling old: I search for school fight videos on YouTube, and revel in not being in school. Because school is awful, just like this video from Los Banos High School, in beautiful Merced, clearly shows. High school was always a pretty terrible place, with violence and math, the two worst things ever. Just now it's online. Which is very disturbing.

Is it "news"? Is it citizen journalism? Is it entertainment? Is it just ("just") diaristic? It's sort of all of these. Basically I think of these kind of videos as barely-seen docu-diary entries. (And the truth is, usually no one does see them. They get like eight or eighteen views.)

The "most interesting" (by which I mean, most upsetting) ones are the videos where they're just fighting each other for fun (???) and literally everyone's videoing it.

But pretty much there's videos of children beating up other children being put online every single day.

Everyone enjoys a fight!

Othertimes, not so much.

Colton High School, a winner is you.

I guess this was the Internet we signed up for.

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doubled277 (#2,783)

Gawd, that poor kid in the second video.

I will not watch these (i am squeamish about fights like that), but the mind does reel.

Here we are, in the future. And the future's future can only be worse through rampant and obsessive documentation of the worst base instincts that have been around forever, but, really? Ow.

Buffalo66 (#6,146)

Conservative: A liberal mugged by reality.

Ow.

LondonLee (#922)

Liberal: A conservative who's lost his healthcare.

Oh dear, i really don't understand how "conservative" or "liberal" come into play here.

I find these stats presented here interesting in that we are nowhere near the peak of recording everything/displaying everything/no one watching the general morass of it. There is something very science-fictiony about this.

But then i am old, and easily confused.

SourCapote (#4,872)

Man this is terrible but this shit is always going to happen. and the way i see it the only downside is the scrappy cheap fighting.kids need to learn how to have a fair fight.

—plus the obesity epidemic either makes this more lethal or curbs its fruition

Morbo (#1,288)

The obesity epidemic makes sure the fight ends in under 90 seconds. Both participants get winded.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Everywhere, the truth of ourselves, on continuous loop.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

No wonder those kids are so angry at the world. They go to The Bathrooms High School.

Rodger Psczny (#3,912)

That place is a shithole.

In eight grade geometry, my friend Oliver tried to stab me with a protractor. Math related violence!

This was back in 1906 or thereabouts. I don't know if protractors are still used in the classroom.

brent_cox (#40)

And as far as dumb shit to do when you're in high school goes, this just lacks imagination.

Rod T (#33)

Kristi was a popular girl freshman and sophomore years. Cheerleader even. Then she got in a fight with [some girl who was in my homeroom, but I .... wait ... it was, I think, Deanna]. Both girls threw down over a large stretch of hallway. Deanna struck fast and mean, tearing out a huge handful of Kristi's bleach-blonde hair. She kept her fist clenched as they fought, punching Kristi with her own hair. Both girls earned a detention. Kristi wasn't stripped of her cheerleader position, but come junior year, she wasn't back on the squad and was never again popular.

mathnet (#27)

"punching Kristi with her own hair"

I can't ever bring myself to watch these, but I don't think it's because of the 'high school glory days' thing- my school was tiny, and our aggression was passive (the one time there was an actual fight, between two sisters in front of the entire school, I just had to be away at a speaking competition). I think it's largely that fighting is just really upsetting to watch, especially in orchestrated scenes such as these.
Also, you'd have to be a fucking drongo to upload such incriminating videos to YouTube. I mean, seriously!

I am also easily disturbed by fighting, and the performance of it for an audience / the camera does not change that. It increases these feelings of trepidation.

zidaane (#373)

That last vid made my hair extensions cry.

Rw (#1,458)

come on kids, keep your hands up. I thought the second video was kind of refreshing two young gentle sought to resolve a dispute between them through a bout of fisticuffs, there was also a young man there to see that things did not go too far he even helped the loser up off the ground. Accentuate the positive, fights happen always have always will and it's not always a bad thing or the wrong thing to do.

Rw (#1,458)

But, taping it is dumb as hell.

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