Beaver had a younger brother?
Please read from the original post:
So, it's not a new fad. I would think it is just a variation on any practical joke. But, since more than one person is required, this might show how "birds of a feather flock together," so to speak. It really reflects the inability to empathize with the victim. Or, just do it yourself schadenfreude, in my opinion.
I wonder if it correlates to a certain type of class, race, and intelligence? It appears very Caucasoidal, in my opinion. It almost seems like Eddie Haskell (Beaver's older brother's friend) lives on.
The caption for these photos could be, in my opinion, a la Farside cartoons: Male bonding gone bad.