Here in the UK there has been a growing, and nasty, trend over the last year for teenagers (mainly) to film unprovoked attacks on innocent victims using their cellphones. The resulting video footage or images are then distributed to friends in an almost cult like fashion. This has become known as the happy slapping craze here.
I see that the Washington Post is today running a story about online 'Fight Club' postings. While these, it would appear, are organized street fights between consenting adults, the worry must surely be that happy slapping will eventually crossover to the online fight club scene.
What niggles me most, it has to be said, is that of all the scenarios I thought about with regard to cellphone cameras and the digital video revolution, this kind of behaviour never even entered my radar. Have we all been too caught up with privacy issues and missed some of the real dangers, and what is next on the shocking use of technology agenda?