From Bookworm Room. She takes Allahpundit's criticism of the viral nature of the video of the kid in Australia, who, having enough of being bullied, finally just puts down the bully for once and for all. Allahpundit apparently feels that people are being petty or are ignoring the bigger issues a la Obama and his NCAA picks by passing this video along.
Bookworm posits that the big kid finally at the end of his tolerance is much like the United States and feels that we are coming to that moment where we come to the end of our rope and that's why the video is so popular. I think that maybe she's right in an underlying metaphor kind of way. And I can see her metaphor and understand it. You should read her words at the link above. That said...
I think that maybe the reason for the video's popularity is a bit simpler: most people I know were bullied in some way in grade school or high school and I think seeing a bully so completely and summarily squished like a bug brings a sense of visceral satisfaction. I haven't seen form like that outside of a WWE ring. I can sympathize with the kid who just stood and took it--my heart hurts for him and I cheered when he finally stepped up.
Allahpundit is right and there are many things, big things, that are going on in the world that should be capturing most of our attention. But it's also the little victories that give us the heart to keep going in the face of tragedy and war.
So here it is:
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