Internet Fatalities: LiveLeak

The internet is evolving. And not in a good way.
There has been a steep rise in adult websites, with a sharp decline in controversial websites.

Controversial websites have to be preserved in honor of the freedom of speech that was so prevalent in the 80’s up to late 2000’s.

Adult websites are no longer controversial in today’s era. In fact, they’re considered to be liberating.
So, one one hand we see a massive rise in pornographic websites promoting incest and various kinks such as fattening/feeding fetish, eating shit(i kid you not), drinking piss and wearing diapers.

But a website that documents real life events that include gore, racism, accidents, trauma and so on? Nope! Too controversial.

I’m not promoting controversial websites.
I’m not demanding the rise of gore websites etc. But, the ones that have existed for more than a decade need to keep going to preserve the legacy of the old internet.

LiveLeak was a British video sharing website headquartered in London. The site was founded on 31 October 2006, in part by the team behind the Ogrish.com shock site which closed on the same day. LiveLeak aimed to freely host real footage of politics, war, and many other world events and to encourage and foster a culture of citizen journalism.

Liveleak was one of the few websites on the internet which documented the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in real time.
It wasn’t pretty to watch, but it was real. It was happening on the streets, and whilst many governments such as CHINA were censoring the mainstream media, LiveLeak showed it all.

I downloaded over a hundred videos from LiveLeak at the start of the pandemic.
This was a historical moment. It was needed to be preserved.
Of course I got bored after a while and stopped browsing LiveLeak altogether.

At this point in time, one year later, are there any videos on the internet of the start of the coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan?
This is history. It needs to be preserved. But I’m pretty sure that by now, China has erased all content of the epidemic from the internet.
A few years from now, China will have erased itself from the pandemic. India will be considered the epicenter of the pandemic. Or maybe another country. But not China. By the time I grow old enough to be a grandpa, if you go to China and ask the kids at school, “Remember the coronavirus epidemic from Wuhan?” they’ll say, “What epidemic? What pandemic? Those are all conspiracy theories!”

Seeing is believing. All governments know that. All corporations know that. All the bogus political factions know that. So when you erase all evidence from the internet, those events essentially become nonexistent.

LiveLeak has been replaced with ItemFix, which “is a site for creativity and fun.”
In other words, ItemFix is yet another one of those crappy sites that nobody will visit, and will eventually be shut down because they’re useless.
Splendid!