Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Get Thy Taser On

The old cliche, "nothing is as it seems" comes true so often that it annoys me. Just when I want to believe in what I would call "the truth," I get smacked down by reality.

This story has been bothering me.

The one about the Florida student who was zapped by the cops at a Kerry forum.

I wasn't there and like 99 % of you, watched the video tape of this poor kid getting manhandled and tasered by what appeared to be ruthless police brutality. While I think the tasering of this kid was unjustifiable, what happened wasn't political oppression as much as it was some attention seeking idiot going for a great video. The whole act this guy was putting on wasn't real. Later it was revealed that kid that he was "a university student with a history of taping his own practical jokes" and "He apparently asked several questions - he went on for quite awhile - then he was asked to stop," university spokesman Steve Orlando said. "He had used his allotted time. His microphone was cut off, then he became upset." That part was apparent on the tape and what gave him away as a hoaxer. Yes, those questions about Skull and Bones membership are just burning, dude.

Why doth the E-mon care abouth such a subject so late upon the week?

Working in a public forum as I do, I can tell you that people with agendas rarely are open to dialogue, let alone other people's opinions (or feelings for that matter). I have fielded every kind of call from prank callers who tie up your time researching some obscure, nonexistent recording or some phantom piece that supposedly was aired on a dark Wednesday overnight. Or people who keep on asking the same question even though they get the same answer. Disingenuous.

When we give people a public forum, we invite all intelligent inquiry. We also get nutjobs with their own selfish, jackassish agendas. People screamed oppression:http://adereview.com/blog/?p=45 and those taken in by the hoax ranted and raved: http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=23744

The dude probably downloaded from all the attention.

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