Approximately a week or so ago, a fairly brutal murder was committed in an inner city train station in the wee hours of the morning. News reports indicated that it was captured on CCTV - which it was. The murder followed an altercation between two groups of young men, nothing that would be classified as severe - just two groups bad mouthing each other as they walked along. One of the men pulled out a knife, another stepped forward attempted to calm the situation and the man with the knife stepped forward and stabbed him in the neck, effectively slicing his carotid artery. He stands there for a few seconds, looking confused, he touches his neck, puts his hands on his hips, we see the blood quickly covering his shirt and torso and he collapses to the ground a few seconds later, as a bystander rushes forward when he realises what has happened and attempts to help him. He was dead shortly after. How do I know the details of what happened? It wasn't from the CCTV footage. The entire thing was captured on someone's mobile phone. The person with the phone was facing the victim, and would have seen the blood start to spurt immediately - as was evident from the video. He wasn't standing that far away from him. The bystander who rushed forward when he saw him collapse, was standing in a doorway behind the victim. At no time does the person filming pause to render first aid, or stop filming to call an ambulance. They just kept filming. I won't link the video. It is horrifying footage and something that I will never unsee and is absolutely traumatising. I clicked on a link that appeared in my twitter feed and saw the grizzly scene play out - almost like it was a GIF. News media showed aspects of the confrontation, we see blurred images. Not from the CCTV footage, but from the video that someone captured on their phone. Even that showed too much. This video is now making the rounds on social media, on reddit - who have been attempting to delete it, but it keeps popping back up - with the running commentary from posters. This isn't the first time that a murder has been captured on someone's phone. Nor will it be the last. The young man who committed this crime ended someone's life with a quick flick of his wrist. The movement was barely perceptible. This wasn't a drawn out brawl or fight and someone is stabbed in the fray of it all. This is someone who casually raised his arm and stabbed someone in the neck and then turned and walked away with his mates. There was no pause. A friend of mine today, queried "who does that?". Along the lines of who casually pulls out a knife and just slices someone's artery open and then walks away without pausing. My response was "who films it and keeps filming and then uploads it on social media?". The apathy is horrifying. The problem with murder videos is that they are horrifying, desensitizing, and most importantly obscene, both in the legal sense and in the common-sense understanding of the word. Further, a victim of murder is obviously unable to consent to the release of his or her murder video. Does a murder victim, or the victim’s family members, not possess the right to prevent widespread disclosure of such a personal tragedy? The debate over whether the victim’s family has any stake in a privacy claim or tort claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress against someone who posts or publishes footage of their loved one’s murder is beyond the scope of this Note. However, the harm that a victim’s family may suffer from murder videos is evident. Link: https://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1359&context=flr It's as if we have become immune to seeing this level of gore. Not from movies or video games, but from real life situations that are so garishly captured and posted on social media. And we keep seeing this again and again. People are more intent on capturing it on their phones and then uploading it, then they are in trying to stop the crime or even provide essential first aid. And millions watch it. It is voyeurism at its worst, with a level of apathy from viewers who are more intent on assigning blame or mocking the incident, than to consider that they just watched someone die right on their screens and their first response is essentially "lol". What the hell has happened to us as a society, as human beings? Certainly, who the hell just stabs someone in the neck and then walks away with his friends as though it's nothing at all? What drives someone one do something like this? And who the hell films it and keeps filming, even zooming in closer as the man collapses to the ground? Are murder videos making us apathetic as a society? And is it normalising violent crime? ** Edited to fix link. Thanks Dave for pointing out it was broken!