The strange popularity of tech murdering videos
To be sure about what I was going to write, I watched (fragments) of a video somebody criticized in my timeline, linking to a post on a well-known site. They promoted a video of - in this case - a Swedish "tech youtuber" (as he describes himself) first dropping a heavy iron hammer on top of the screen of a brand new lipstick red Nokia Lumia 920 and banging it to death beating on its back cover later on.
I can hardly watch "demonstrations" like these, they make me sick and angry. I can see a valid point in seeing how a smartphone will hold when you accidently drop it. When the device isn't damaged after the first drop, you might want to try it from a higher altitude.
But hitting the damaged device with a wooden stick to see if that will kill it, and throwing it at full force into a concrete wall to find out if that will actually ruin the screen - that's pretty sick, senseless tech murder. I wrote about that test and about another tech murderer blowing the Nokia Lumia 920 to pieces with an AK 47 assault rifle. Like anything would stand a chance against that kind of violence.
And now this Swedish guy thinks it's a pretty neat idea to bang his Nokia Lumia 920 to death with an iron hammer... This video has been watched almost 12.000 times already. There is some hope though: many reactions on his video are negative, telling the maker it's pointless. In his defence, he writes: "as long as people are interested in seeing what happens it's not pointless". Well, I wonder.
Many people have a natural born fascination with violence, death and evil in general. I'm no psychologist, but it's quite clear videos like these have no other, let alone scientific value at all. And I see no point in promoting this useless violence by linking to it either - unless you run a website on the decadent destruction of high tech gadgets most people have to save their money for a long time to be able to buy, if they'll ever be able to do so. If you have this kind of money to spare: give it to charity.