One thing about me- I'm sort of a First Amendment absolutist.
Yet with broadband speeds and video-compliant meaning that objectionable material is far more accessible to most of us, sometimes the pace in which decisions need to be made about whether to distribute or suppress this material must be made instantaneously.
In this case, there is some value to seeing the sicko's statements. Whether via indications of facial expressions, mannerisms or verbiage, we have to learn more about the disposition of other potential killers before they have a chance to do what Cho did.
NBC is under significant pressure to pull back the Cho tapes (Virginia tech murderer) from public view. I say a compromise would be in order, similar to that footage of the planes hitting the towers on that terrible day. The footage is seldom shown, but freeze frames of the impact still are.
But getting back to this week's tragedy, broadband service providers must join with society in another calling.
Broadband websites should enable the distribution of tributes to the slain. I have to believe that digital video exists of many, if not all of the fallen- in lighter moments when the gift of life was still there.
If I ran a broadband news site, I would offer space, tutorials, and even staff resources to convert those videos into YouTube or other clips that would honor those individuals who have perished too young.
Then, once those videos were encoded, I would establish a section on my site that would show exactly what and who has been lost. Celebrate their lives.
And that would be a way for broadband technology to light a candle in this week of sorrow and darkness.