Clyde Lewis: Must We Confess Sins In Public?
September 10, 2013, 3:15 pm
By James Pilato
Producer, "Ground Zero" with Clyde Lewis
An Ohio man is now in police custody after posting a video confession to YouTube last week in which he claimed that he had "killed a man" after driving drunk. Some people are calling Matthew Cordle a hero for taking public responsibility for his actions.
KXL's Clyde Lewis asks if this means we now have to confess our sins in public?
Lewis says events like this make him realize "that we are now living in what can be called a 'culture of confession'."
Cordle's confession video was originally posted to a website called 'Because I Said I Would', a self-described "social movement dedicated to bettering humanity through the power of a promise."
As interest in this story grew over the past week and the video clip continued to go 'viral', Clyde admitted that, at first, he "had the hardest time believing that this video was not a public service announcement".
'Because I Said I Would' said on their Facebook page: "After releasing Matthew's confession video, many positive comments about Matt have been posted to this page, YouTube and several other sites. While Matt certainly made an honorable decision to confess, 'Because I Said I Would' does not believe that Matt should be praised as a 'hero'."
Unfortunately, the story of Matthew Cordle is not an isolated case.
Last month, Derek Medina of Florida murdered his wife and posted the photographic evidence online. Medina wrote on Facebook: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys take care Facebook people you will see me in the news."
Also last month, an Indiana man posted online that he had killed two people and, before taking his own life, wrote, "People were warned not to play me and ruin me. They didn't listen. Sorry about your luck."
Some psychologists feel social networks have created a new type of narcissistic personality disorder. There's also the theory that we are witnessing a product of the surveillance state where people are just going to where they can be publicly seen and admitting to their crimes.
Public shaming and media mea culpa's used to only happen to celebrities, politicians or philandering TV preachers - and we still see that happening.
In June, Paula Deen publicly apologized for using racist language and still lost her television show and probably her career. And let's not forget Jimmy Swaggart, Eliot Spitzer, Bill Clinton, John Edwards and, of course, soon-to-be ex-New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.
So while many feel that Matthew Cordle's admission of guilt is admirable, Clyde Lewis says it "begins to become a creepy reminder of what happens to people when they are under surveillance."