Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Deindividuation + Alcohol = London Riots

Standing in the midst of the riot. He's so cool. :S

Happy belated St. Patrick's day everyone... What did you do?
I hope you weren't taking part in the riots of London, Ontario? *sigh*... It seems that alcohol mixed with deindividuation has resulted in thousands of dollars in damages in London this St. Patrick's day. Deindividuation is what occurs in riots and when a crime occurs in front of a large group of people. Not one person feels individual responsibility to speak out, take action, rescue etc.

News reports say that 13 Fanshawe College students -- 7 of them suspended-- have been arrested. A CTV News van was flipped and torched. A coworker of mind wasn't near the riot, but was at a house party that consisted of a few attendees walking on top of houses---- what?

I'm not sure if I would blame only the Fanshawe students, it can't be that no other individuals took part. However, the president of the College promises that if those students are found guilty, they will be expelled.
This riot isn't political, for example, like the Stonewall Riots of 1969 that started the movement for LGBT individuals.

This event is an example of what NOT to do... EVER. But what is REALLY a kicker in this is that the people who took part in the riots WERE DUMB ENOUGH TO TWEET ABOUT IT AND POST IT ON THEIR STATUS ON FACEBOOK. 

Take for example, Brenden Dowden. He seems to have some smart friends that don't enable his behaviour. ... He doesn't seem to be too bright.

And that my friends, is how you get caught.

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