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Should we watch?: Kevin Ware and Youtube

Yesterday, my family and I were having a bit of a disagreement.

I’m a curious person, it’s probably why I’m in the media. Also, as such I tend to want to see everything.

Enter the horrific injury suffered by Kevin Ware this weekend.

The Louisville player completely snapped his leg during the Duke game in the middle of play.

ABCNews blurred out his leg when they aired a repeat on World News Tonight Monday night.

Naturally, I went to Youtube and watched. But, my mom and sister didn’t think it was appropriate.

I think that’s what Youtube was invented for: seeing repeats of strange, freak accidents or sports replays.

And this injury was graphic, especially in the video below, when they slo-mow it.

Here’s the video below, but I’m asking what you think: is it inappropriate to rewatch clips of injuries? Was ABC right to blur it?

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What is it about Internet memes?!

Remember the Susquehanna football players that got in trouble for making a Harlem Shake video?

Well, they are no longer alone.

30 Michigan high school students were suspended over two videos (one of which is apparently so bad it was removed from Youtube) showing their version of the Harlem Shake.

Here’s the NY Daily News story, it has the video.

So now I ask: What is it with these memes that makes them so irresistible that students will make stupid decisions like this?

Obviously bringing a duck into a classroom and grinding people isn’t a great idea for a group of high schoolers – so why do it? Is it poor role models? Violence on TV? What??!

I think the answer is kind of obvious.

Kids have always done stupid stuff before – but go back 5 years and we didn’t have cell phones that took video and Youtube wasn’t a big thing.

So nowawdays, all of that nonsense is caught on camera and displayed using keywords for all to see.

My only plea to these students is this: If you must make a Harlem Shake video – I don’t recommend it – do it at home and don’t post it online. Keep it to yourself and make sure your friends do the same.

You’ll thank me later.

What do you think? Is this just young stupidity or is it something more sinister?

Tired of the election?

By now, you’ve probably seen the video that’s become my latest obsession – the one with the little girl crying because she’s “tired of hearing Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney.”

If not, allow me to make your day:

But I think there’s something very interesting here. Have elections just become too much?

In the three months I’ve been at the Daily Item, I’ve written a bunch of political articles – we all have. On Saturday, I followed people canvassing neighborhoods and making phone calls. It’s crunch time for them.

But without a doubt it gets tiring to turn on the TV every day and see another ad. Or read another horse-race article or see another poll result.

Should we stop covering it?

And when is it inappropriate to start thinking about the next election? Without a doubt, some people already are.

How do you tell people to stop it? There’s no law saying you can’t put up  political signs until a certain date. Or that you can’t speculate “who going to run in 2016” until at least 2015.

What do you think? Is it too much campaigning? What should we do about it?