Last week, Tyler Clementi, 18, jumped to his death after he found out that his roommate at Rutgers University had secretly videotaped him kissing another man. The roommate and another student were both charged with invasion of privacy and could face up to five years in prison. Writing for FoxNews.com, Dr. Keith Ablow argued that the roommate is not a murderer at heart, but someone who was driven to commit terrible crimes by technology. "That's what technology does to people," Ablow wrote, in effect exonerating the roommate.
"This 'stunt' isn't just a college prank gone bad," wrote Dr. Keith Ablow, for Foxnews.com. "It is evidence of the dehumanizing effects that technology is having on young people."
The way Ablow sees it, technology is the invisible hand that guided the people who sneakily taped Clementi as he kissed another man and then tried to share the images with others. Ablow's thesis may be easier to believe if we haven't seen countless low-tech acts of homophobia and bullying produce the exact same results as this situation.
For some reason, we've seen a lot of myth making involving technology lately: Craigslist is a digital brothel that promotes prostitution. MySpace and YouTube are dangerous digital back alleys where children are cyber-bullied. Years ago, the film industry compared VHS machines with the Boston Strangler.
Scary sounding indeed but the truth is people don't need gadgets or the Internet to commit crime or acts of cruelty.
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