Jan 13 2008
I’ve hesitated about viewing the notorious Youtube video of Megaman vs Polish Immigrant for over a month. The original footage of Robert Dziekanski’s death at Vancouver International Airport following RCMP use of a taser on the man who was clearly not resisting was very disturbing. I feared what I might see again.
But by this time, almost 140,000 people have viewed the video. I finally took a look, and can say without a doubt that the video is a legitimate commentary on the incident and a clear condemnation of the RCMP’s actions. Some have said that this video is in poor taste, or at worst, disrespectful to the family of the deceased. But on the whole, the video quite clearly comes down hard on the RCMP officers who caused Dziekanski’s death.
The video may look cartoonish (as the original Megaman game was), but it is simply Op Ed in new media format. And in the end, this video may have had more of an impact than a lot of the print media’s opinion columns and letters to the editor, by virtue of its creative presentation and the power of buzz marketing.