Idiots, Ideologues, and Just Plain Interested: The Individuals who Engage in Amateur Waterboarding on the Internet

  title={Idiots, Ideologues, and Just Plain Interested: The Individuals who Engage in Amateur Waterboarding on the Internet},
  author={Myles Balfe},
  journal={Deviant Behavior},
  pages={1357 - 1370}
  • M. Balfe
  • Published 9 January 2018
  • Psychology
  • Deviant Behavior
ABSTRACT This article examines 65 amateur waterboarding videos to investigate why ordinary people become involved in waterboarding. There appears to be several explanations for this involvement: thrill-seeking, ideology, and educational reasons. The article highlights waterboarding’s dangers, and its potentially transformational effects on individuals. Findings are situated in relation to Michel Foucault’s work on torture, and what is known about health professional involvement in experimental… 
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