LiveLeak has been a mainstay of internet culture for many years, its name synonymous with footage of murder, terrorism, and everyday incidents of crime and violence.
This research examines a video sharing web site called LiveLeak to be able to analyze the possibilities of democratic and horizontal social mobilization via Internet technology. In this sense, we take into consideration the Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s philosophical conceptualization of “rhizome” which provides a new approach for activities of online communities.
Originally founded in 2006, as an offshoot of the similarly graphic video sharing site Ogrish, the London-based LiveLeak aimed to host uncensored footage of content that wouldn’t be allowed on sites such as YouTube, including footage of war, accidents, and other violent incidents. Basically, it gathered the worst of humanity in one convenient, traumatising place.
LiveLeak placed an emphasis on enabling so-called “citizen journalism” and providing an insight into darker world events, from the brutal operations of drug cartels, to US military airstrikes in Afghanistan. It has also been accused of being a breeding ground for conspiracy theories.
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