The power of the Internet in spreading an idea or ensuring that people receive a specific message has been shown once again with the almost unbelievable popularity of a video clip showing a US student being "tasered" and arrested while asking awkward questions during a political meeting.
Whether the situation was set up by student Andrew Meyer deliberately to cause trouble and gain publicity, as authorities seem to think, or not the fact remains that the 21-year old was hurt when he demanded answers to an awkward question during an appearance by US senator John Kerry.
Despite Kerry agreeing to address the questions, university police tried to march the student away and, when he resisted, "tasered" him (administered an electric shock) before arresting him.
The video of the episode, titled "Dont' tase me, bro" – the plea made by Meyer just before the stroke was administered – was released on to YouTube on 17 September and has quickly risen to become the most viewed video on the network.
In fact, "Don't tase me, bro" is not only the number one video on YouTube with more than 3-million views, almost 1 000 blog posts and close to 50 000 comments; it's also number four, with just over 400 000 views, 102 blog posts and over 5 000 comments; and number 12 with just over 60 000 views, 34 blog posts and 1 330 comments.
In addition, "Don't tase me, bro" comes in at number 30 on Google's search trends while, on Yahoo, "Andrew Meyer" is the fastest moving name on the site, with John Kerry coming in at number four.