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Top ten BASE jump fails - Base Jump acco's vid... 27-Oct-2014 At 11:08:43 AM nmonteith
On 27/10/2014 simey wrote:
>I don't have a problem with a video that shows people getting killed or
>seriously injured in climbing,

So you would be happy for a video of Dennis Kemp being killed at Araps going viral and being posted as entertainment in a "top ten climbing fail" montage? With a graphic at the front of the video stating no-one got killed? You watch this video as an outsider who hasn't been near one of these accidents and experienced the trauma. I have. It made me sick watching the girl fall off El Cap as I saw it happen in real life.

>We have drink driving campaigns and smoking campaigns that use gruesome
>imagery to shock people into reconsidering their actions, so what is wrong
>with us being subject to such imagery in climbing and base jumping? (Even
>when it is real life footage).

Having worked on these campaigns myself I can assure you that the family agreed to the use of any footage used in the commercial - and that 99% of it is manufactured fake footage of crashes/blood/death.

>I'm a little cynical of a lot of base jumping and wing-suiting hype. Unlike
>most sports where you learn from your mistakes, base-jumping rarely allows
>this, so a video showing just how quickly things can go wrong has its place.

I understand a video being created as an educational warning. But this video was made for light entertainment.

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