Irwin death video: It’s only a matter of time

By Steve Outing

When Steve Irwin died from an encounter with a stingray recently, his death was caught on video. The video was not made public, and as far as we know, only law enforcement people involved have access to it. I hope it’s never made public — but I bet it will find its way onto the Internet eventually. His death was a major news event, and Irwin was a big celebrity, so it’s not unreasonable to expect that someone will leak it. At which point it will spread around the Internet at breakneck speed.

Remember the terrorist videos of beheadings a while back? Yep, those ended up online. All it takes is one sick individual to post something like that, then boom. It’s available for everyone to see.

In the old world of media, we’d never see something like the video recording of Steve Irwin’s actual death. Editors at news organizations around the world would exercise restraint and protect the public from such ugly content. In the world of Internet media, it’s almost inevitable that no matter how ugly or sick or shocking, video like this will be available for anyone with a desire to view it.

It’s only a matter of time before this happens with the Irwin death video. That’s the reality, no matter how much we wish it wasn’t so.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!