flagged content

I was reading an article today about content that people upload to the Internet. The article talked about the people whose job it is to review flagged content and remove it. People were thinking that this would be a pretty sweet job but when it came down to it, they were looking at disturbing images day after day. People began passing out at their desks. There were images so graphic that employees would vomit all over their work space.

It’s sad that the people who filter images and content on the internet have to go through so much mental trauma. These are pictures of dead bodies, sexually explicit images, excessive violence, child pornography and animal abuse.

Here is a quote from a former MySpace executive:

“You have 20-year-old kids who get hired to do content review, and who get excited because they think they are going to see adult porn,” said Hemanshu Nigam, the former chief security officer at MySpace. “They have no idea that some of the despicable and illegal images they will see can haunt them for the rest of their lives.”

This got me to think about the images we see every day that don’t make us vomit all over ourselves but are equally brutal. Images that show death or violence are so pervasive. Images that are sexually explicit creep in to the shows and movies that we watch. All of this is formative.

When I read this article I got to thinking that the people who take the jobs as screeners don’t last long because of the immense amount of trash they see on a daily basis, but we see it over a lifetime and probably a far greater amount. These graphic images seep into our conscientiousness as well.

I wonder if we are the ones who are sick and need counseling. Those who have taken jobs removing flagged content vomit, have terrible dreams, are in need of counseling, and arehaunted by these images for the rest of their lives. We go to extremely violent movies and say, “that was awesome!” We kill bad guys in video games and have the times of our lives.

So who’s sick?

Who needs counseling?

Maybe the only difference between those who remove flagged content is we are slowly conditioned to accept what is all around us. We gradually grow up with more and more violence; it gradually creeps into our minds that violence is the answer; pretty soon we can’t think of a way to resolve conflict without a violent act.


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  • While I was reading this I was thinking about my favorite novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” After Atticus loses the case, Miss Rachel or Miss Maudie (I can’t remember who) tells Jem and Scout that Atticus was given a social burden, that he had to do the ugly things that society didn’t want to do. Atticus took the case of defending a black man accused of raping a white girl in the south. He did the right thing even though it was greatly unpopular.

    The myspace people are no different. Teachers, police officers, and other social service workers are no different. They pick up the slack of what society needs to be taken care of.