Dharun Ravi, sociopath — Post Redux
Rutgers freshman is presumed dead in suicide after roommate broadcast gay sexual encounter online
A Rutgers University freshman [Tyler Clementi] appears to have killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate broadcast live images of the 18-year-old having a sexual encounter with another man on the internet, according to campus and law enforcement sources. . . .
Dharun Ravi, 18, of Plainsboro, and Molly Wei, 18, of Princeton, were charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy for setting up a camera in a dorm room on Sept. 19 and using it to view and transmit a live sex scene, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan.
It seems likely that Dharun Ravi is a sociopath who thought he was just pulling off a “goof.” I doubt he comprehended the violation of what he was doing. I also doubt that he would have felt violated if that had been done to him as sociopathic sexuality is so primitive no privacy is needed.
It is also possible that he was a “good guy sociopath”, not meaning any harm, just seeking a few laughs. However, this would not be true if he doesn’t accept his fault and error here. “Good guy sociopaths” do exist, who actually aren’t evil — though obviously the result of his choices was evil.
Unfortunately, in today’s world, sociopaths no longer feel constrained. In addition to the widespread depiction of sociopathic behavior in popular culture which sociopaths seem to feel licenses their own behavior, there is also the example of modern technological invasions of privacy and surveillance (ISPs keeping track of clients, Google databases, Facebook, etc.). I believe sociopaths pay attention to all of this in determining what is acceptable behavior.