The easy accessibility of internet video is transforming all aspects of education. Students are turning to YouTube for video tutorials on hard-to-master subjects, for example, and college administrators are using the site for help in recruiting.

But there's a downside to the technology, too: The culture of instant fame that it fosters can be damaging for impressionable students, tempting them to record and publish increasingly outrageous exploits in their quest for notoriety.

In April, eight teenagers were arrested for beating Lakeland, Fla., teen Victoria Lindsay in an "animalistic attack" so they could make a videotape to post on YouTube. The videotaped beating


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