Things You Never Wish To Know About Live Streaming
In the age of connectivity, it has become easy for communication. Sometimes, we take this communication to the extreme.
The convenience offered by streaming platforms like Facebook Live and Periscope has allowed folks to communicate with others through their monitor screens alone. No distance is out of reach.
We could use live streaming for thrilling auctions, to witness faraway events in real time or simply to communicate with loved ones. However, there is a darker side to livestreaming as we shall soon discover…
There is a growing problem in the world that often goes trivialized or ignored. It is called suicide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), suicide occurs once every 40 seconds. That is a staggering amount! A human life is being tragically snuffed out while you fry an egg or visit the toilet.
Putting things into perspectives really sets the mind racing.
And perspective is what livestreaming provides.
Unfortunately, with the swelling popularity of Social Media, suicide has found its way through the web channels. Especially so, if one considered the fact that suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people aged between 15–29, which also happens to be the age range of the internet generation.
Suicide is being broadcast on the internet while strangers around the world comment on that morbid affair as if it were a mere stage performance.
Is humanity losing all sense of feeling and compassion?
Recently, a 21-year old French woman committed suicide online by jumping into the path of an oncoming train. The woman made announcements of her plans for suicide and uploaded the footage on Periscope.
According to the woman, she was not trying to create a buzz but desired to stir reactions from the people, to open their minds, and that was it.
Of course, one could argue that her goals were indeed buzz-inducing and she was clearly a misdirected soul.
The casual attitude that the lady assumed on her life was disturbing to say the least, as if she was providing a review of a movie or describing her favourite shampoo brand. Human beings seem to have become desensitized to emotions, due to technology; a detachment from reality.
In 2014, another case of livestream suicide went viral from an even younger victim.
Katelyn Nicole Davis was 12-years old.
You try all kinds of sports or enjoy the lack of responsibilities at that age, you feel invincible, you discuss ambitions, jokes and gossips with your friends while you laugh and play.
Katelyn however, took a noose around her neck, tightened it and left herself hanging in front of a Facebook livestream channel until a voice called out to her lifeless form.
It turned out that Katelyn had been sexually abused by a male relative, who even persuaded her to kill herself. All the secret blogging she did about her insecurities and trauma proved ineffective. She decided to end her young life in front of the camera, for a bunch of people she would never meet.
Suicide is common now more than ever as people struggle with the fast, unnatural pace of life. Even those who have reaped success have recently danced to its song, such as celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and iconic designer, Kate Spade.
A Call For Help
Based on reports from the World Health Organization, there are roughly 300 million people suffering from depression across the world. From these statistics, some unfortunate sufferers would attempt suicide at some point in their lives.
Depressive disorders are a major contributing factor to suicide.
It is important to seek proper help from relevant healthcare practitioners if you or anybody you know is possibly facing a case of depression. Most people go undiagnosed until it is too late, always remember, depression is treatable.
Now, let us examine how livestreaming has evolved over time.
Snuff films have existed for many years, shows where individuals are genuinely killed off without the use of special effects. Livestreaming suicide take this concept up a notch by providing live viewing.
The major difference is that a situation is contained and predestined in a conventional snuff film whereas users/viewers are shown an ongoing situation in the case of a livestream suicide.
Imagine how morally rotten it is for someone to sit idly in the comforts of their room while they watched someone else end their life, done with the knowledge that help could have been offered instead.
However, in terms of humanity, it is mournful to know that cruelty knows no bounds.
In the furthest reaches of the dark web (sites that are so well encrypted that they escape search engines and may only be accessed via private URL links), there has been an ongoing legend of Red Rooms, where bound and gagged individuals are tortured and murdered for the satisfaction of audiences that pay per view, all through live streaming. The sites are then shut down after the screening.
Red Rooms may be nothing more than a circulating internet hoax, but livestreaming violence is real. A man named Peter Scully, once filmed a horrific footage of a minor being sexually violated and harmed. It was documented that some audiences with disturbing pedophiliac tendencies had paid as much as $10,000 for their viewing pleasure.
These are criminal acts and the cyber authorities have worked hard to apprehend the culprits but think about it, are non-paying audiences any less guilty than paying ones?
Premise Original Series: LIVE Poster
In the latest release from Premise TV, aptly titled LIVE, we are shown the irony of livestream death.
In the video, a distressed young woman is mocked by a cyber audience as she attempts her livestream suicide. Incessantly, the audiences make light of her predicament and she ultimately succumbs to the evil deed.
However, a dosage of supernatural fiction is injected into the video, depicting the woman as a vengeful spirit who torments her former tormenters.
As audiences observing the wicked audiences onscreen, we are granted a unique perspective. We see the terrible lack of empathy that has come to characterize our new generation. Also, we are treated to the eventual karmic justice that the victim unleashes upon the ‘’accomplices’’ of her murder, an element that is sadly lacking in the real world.
LIVE is suggestive of Japanese cult classic, The Ring, where the antagonist, Sadako Yamamura haunts a video tape that is copied and distributed throughout Japan. Unlucky ones who find themselves viewing the cursed footage are slain by the malicious Sadako, who seems to crawl out from TV sets and materializes in full splendor.
In the case of Live, the audience is cursed through a live feed just as they dish out a barrage of insults and mock the female lead before her “ final act ”.
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Posted by Premise on Friday, 6 July 2018
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Author: Laurenzo Jude