If you want a good laugh, follow Taser on twitter. It’s not that they’re funny. It’s that their twitter account is such a blatant, one-sided view of their products. Mention Taser in a positive light, and their Twitter will scream it to the world. Ask them about their products electrocuting people suspected of minor violations and, apparently, the account can’t hear you.
Last week some random guy on youtube “liked” a video involving Taser, and tweeted about it:
— Mercury Pillis (@MercuryPillis) October 14, 2014
Of course, nobody says anything positive about Taser without Taser telling the world. So Taser retweeted it. Because I follow Taser, it popped up in my twitter feed. I loved it. I loved it because it couldn’t have been more perfect. From the screen capture of a gigantic African American man, shirt off, muscles ripped, knife in hand, to the caption using “cop talk” saying the man was “instantly incapacitated” as opposed to something more mundane like “electro-shocked to hell.” I was so impressed by the presentation that I couldn’t resist watching. Would this giant, scary African American man kill the would-be-cop, or would the cop prevail? Before I could even get to the end I was distracted. This video kept referring to the Taser as a “less-than-lethal option.” Odd, I thought, because I know they kill people. You know they kill people. By now, even Taser has to know they kill people- hundreds of people. So, I “mentioned” that to the fine twitter folks at Taser:
Much to my excitement, they answered back!
— OfficialTASER (@OfficialTASER) October 15, 2014
Very interesting, I thought to myself. Taser isn’t saying their product isn’t lethal. They’re saying that they’re just using the language the government uses. Even if their product has killed hundreds of people they can still market it as “less-than-lethal” or “non-lethal” because the government does. Putting my Philosophy degree to good use for the first time since 1996, though, I decided I needed to weed through the Keep Reading →