“Dont’ tase me, bro,” has become part of our lexicon. People are familiar with that phrase from an incident at the University of Florida involving Andrew Meyer during US Senator John Kerry’s event. TASER electronic control devices are ubquitous now on TV shows, movies, game show trivia, crosswords & let’s not forget on the reality shows like Police POV & of course the long-running Cops. We see everything from humorous depictions (The Simpsons, Family Guy & The Hangover) to dramatic scenes on cop shows (Hawaii 5-0, CSI Miami & Law & Order). Our product even knocked out Thor with a single TASER C2 hit (which doesn’t happen in real life by the way).
We often get asked if we like this? Well, yes, we do overall. We’re part of today’s pop cultural and certainly the technology has become relevant. You don’t want your 15 minutes of fame only to blow away in the wind.
However, there is a price to pay for this pop cultural. The main price is miseducation and ultimately brand perception. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be when you have “rock star” fame in law enforcement while often being infamous more so than famous with the public. The inaccurate depictions that are so often shown in these shows & movies only lead to more misinformation about TASER ECDs.
We’ll let Homer Simpson close our post today. “TASER. Finally a practical use for electricity.”