Accessibility to extraordinary content is becoming an increasingly commercialised concept in contemporary society. Since Tim Berners -Lee invented the world wide web in 1990, there are now around one billion websites out there. We are content crazy consumers and due to the click bait type of material being produced our generation is more concerned with headlines and visuals as opposed to depth. World StarHipHop first existed as a hub for mixtape downloads in 2005 and quickly became a platform for rising hip hop artists to make a name for themselves. It then become notorious for it’s distribution of amateur fighting material and since then the popularity of these fights has grown exponentially. The violence is a big draw to the website, and the music which mirrors the violence, coupled with sexual themes is also a big draw but the common denominator is depravity. Obviously there is a demand for such fringe genre’s and with nearly eight billion people in the world the shear amount of individuals who will pay for it is substantial.
The lines of morality are surprisingly slack when it comes to the internet but that is in essence the concept of the internet. Before Lee Tim invented the net, there were evil people in the world. There was also a section on society who enjoyed witnessing extreme violence which were usually presented in the form of snuff movies. On the flip side, wrestling, boxing and martial arts, where violence is controlled and perfected has been a perfectly acceptable outlet within society for centuries. WSHH (WorldStarHipHop) acts as a medium to these two eerie realms. It’s not quite snuff or gore level, but the acts of violence are so animalistic that they do satisfy the primal thrill seeker sensation that rests in the underbelly of the average human soul. Plus it’s perfectly legal to witness acts of violence and even to watch snuff films where the violence is purely gratuitous and extreme.
“In the US, websites are protected from liability by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act if they’re posting user generated content. So, in effect, if they are just showing something created by somebody else, they’re not doing anything illegal. Even if that something is a murder.”
A platform has therefore been created with the internet to allow for the seedy sides of mankind’s personality to be massaged, and what a massage it is. It’s that real dig in to the meat and compress the flesh type massage. WSHH has taken advantage of a kink in society’s mainframe, and even thought the glorification of suffering, and in particular black suffering, is deplorable, the freedom WSHH has to do this falls within the confines of legality. There should be some moral guidelines for the creators of these platforms like WSHH to maybe consider the impact of the content they are showing but the framework for capitalist entertainment has no boundaries. The impact has been devastating to kids especially, from shows like Love and Hip Hop, Kardashians to WSHH, which provide no fibre for the soul, but continuously spew out commercialised messages of how a person is to behave, look and what to be afraid of.
Content consumption is determined by the consumer, and the reason why is because you shouldn’t expect aspiring business men to put people before profit. That’s why coca cola and Nike exist, plus where do you draw the line, with the content uploader or the content creator? Stopping people from committing acts of violence is the job of the judicial system and they only have a small amount of control over an individual’s personal choices. If you are offended by it then don’t consume it. Don’t even allow it to occupy any part of your brain, but if you’re curious about something on the fringe then don’t feel guilty about it, as long as its legal. Most of us have watched things we wish we wouldn’t but you’re no better or worse for it. Having a balance of content consumption is important but WSHH is not to blame for the shit people that the world seems to continuously churn out.