Monday, March 7, 2011

The death of Nikki Catsouras and the Ugly underbelly of the web

Nikki Catsouras and tragic death of his father's Porsche showed us more sinister side of the tape. Although news organizations in general have been sensitive and offer limited coverage of this story (if you have Google News for "Nikki Catsouras" at the time of writing, very few results) be full of references to research and Nikki, or "Porsche Girl", has been as it has disclosed. Your name and research in the Top 100 looks longer than most other major search continued on Google Trends.

Nikki Catsouras was a student of 18 years in California, lives at home with his parents and two sisters. On Halloween 2006, they had an argument with his parents after he removed the keys from his father's Porsche, which worked without a permit.

Catsouras drove the Porsche for a hundred miles an hour when he lost control of the car. He reportedly tried a Honda, which had a rate significantly slower than his father in a Porsche cement toll road speed to overtake crashed hard. The impact was so violent that Catsouras died instantly, crushed and his body mutilated.

The tragic story could in itself, but nothing prepared her family for this, follow what.

According to reports, as officials of the California Highway Patrol investigators at the scene arrived detailed images and Catsouras mutilated bodies, "likely press for research purposes. These pictures bloody and very worrying that you will find its way somehow to the Internet and within days was so often that brought thousands of pages. ABC picked up the story and ran the program 20/20, which has the interest of the Catsouras death.

After the photos of Nikki Catsouras were on the Web, there was no way to eliminate them completely. And the reason? Strong demand. As Internet users, many searched for pictures of Nikki, meet the owners of the site are sent back to this demand for images of death. Some have done to increase traffic, while others just happy to feed the frenzy.

Another effect of this story has a growing interest in the sites of death in general. An analysis of searches in the week following the publication of pictures Catsouras, shows a massive increase in complaints related to the Web. According to Google Trends were death under a car, pictures of death, facing death, and the world of the dead in the top 100 searches found - the latter two sites are devoted to images of death.

Catsouras family brought against the California Highway Patrol to free pictures of the accident site, and a California judge ruled that the lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol could move forward. As of this writing, the process was underway.

In reflection, it is worrying that many pages just to Nikki Catsouras that "Porsche Girl", a term that has a dehumanizing element, but as a person. It is a commodity, and remain, the demand for horrific images of death forever free.

It shows that the most vulnerable part of human nature and curiosity about things that are taboo stronger than any moral or ethical code. I'm not sure what you can do to get better and I am a big fan of free speech. But in this case I firmly believe that the dignity of a young girl and her family must be protected somehow, and that freedom of expression means freedom for all not to give up any semblance of humanity and goodness of the other.

It should be noted that it would be a fundamental difference between the legal frameworks that govern such cases in the United States and Power in Britain. United States, Image Editors Gore was entitled to First Amendment - the protection of their right to free speech. In the United Kingdom but there is no equivalent to the First Amendment, and the pictures of Nikki Catsouras "accident and may subject to the Obscene Publications Act 1959 and in 1964 drop. Of course this is purely theoretical at the place where to find the pictures in usually found. ...

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