Interlude: They Were Wrong
Around here, most people have heard of Shane Koyczan. He’s been considered one of our biggest local success stories since he performed at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. So when he posted this anti-bullying video last month and my Facebook friends started passing it around, I was duly impressed, but not particularly surprised; I’ve seen first-hand his talent for wrenching truth out of thin air with the turn of a phrase, and this was an especially moving example. Since then, of course, it has gone viral. That was fun to watch from the sidelines – suddenly friends from all over the place were sharing it, along with other blogs and websites I follow.
What is it about a particular post, image, or idea that sparks a mass ripple-effect sharing frenzy? It may be impossible to answer that question. But I believe the incredible outpouring of adoration and support for this video happened partly because almost everybody can personally connect to a memory of being bullied. Even – if not especially – the bullies themselves. I have more to say about the implications of this, but for the time being I’ll let Shane do the talking, in his utterly incomparable way.