Would You Report an Internet Crime?
A lot of time is spent in Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes in deciding whether or not to report what appears to be a crime. The question as to whether or not there even was a crime loomed large. While Thomas is convinced that there was a crime, Ray is not so sure. If he's not sure, how can he make anyone else believe them?
Ray doesn't really make anyone believe it. He alternates between not wanting to believe there really was a crime and not wanting to get involved. Actually, his not wanting to get involved probably plays a big part in his not wanting to believe there was a crime. He doesn't want to believe it's true so when he tries to tell the police what they found online he does a truly horrible job of telling it. From the beginning it was going to be hard to get anyone to take it seriously but by not giving it his all, Ray really failed to sell it.
But he still did try to tell the authorities. So often it's easy to just click the next link or let something slip down our Twitter feed. The internet can be a wonderful place and my life is certainly richer for it. It's allowed me to make friends I might not have otherwise and and it's made staying in touch with friends that I no longer live close to much easier. But I've also seen the less sparkly side of it. I've seen hoaxes. I've seen people who have ended up not being who they claimed to be. I know that images can be photoshopped very convincingly.
Would I have reported what Thomas and Ray saw? I'd like to think I would but I'm honestly not sure.
Would you have reported what Thomas and Ray found on the internet?