Video: "Tase" me bro

Patrick Hall's slow motion video of people being tased zapped with a handheld stun gun.

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  1. I eagerly await this photographer's next project: hipster artisanal waterboarding*

    • using only the finest melted-iceberg water, carried in vintage steel buckets and poured slowly over the moustachioed faces of inverted hipsters lying on roughhewn cherrywood benches.
  2. Tasing is an extremely painful compliance technique for those who question authoritah - it wouldn't be wrong to call it a form of torture meant to force the uncompliant into submitting, plus it can be dangerous and has led to many deaths when used indiscriminately. It was meant to be used only in circumstances when otherwise a police officer would have been forced to use deadly force, but now it's an all-purpose consequence-free punishment for any perceived disrespect. Then, on the other hand, we have this stupid video that treats it with no thought given to societal implications of the technology, that makes it look like fun and games, with the attractive privileged people tensing up as if they were going to get tickled, and the other attractive people who are doing the tasing laughing. For a second when I saw the douchebag "director" at the end I thought it was a joke, but unfortunately not. These people spent their time and energy on producing this stupid video instead of engaging with the issues around tasing, and I couldn't imagine a better public relations coup for the manufacturers and the police departments who love to tase.

  3. maxp says:

    In the bit at the end you can see that they're using some kind of stun gun. A Taser is something different: it fires two barbed darts that penetrate the skin and trail wires that deliver the shock.

    Maybe that's splitting hairs, but they're not being tased.

  4. Excuse me, is that cherrywood reclaimed?

  5. Next stop: Ow, My Balls!

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