thirdcrank wrote:I'm pleased that the footage has had a good airing because it illustrates a bit of what's happening. Unlike professionally produced telly documentaries, there's no sly editing, no dramatic background music etc. People can debate the rights and wrongs of the participants' actions, but there's no doubt it happened. The official approach is also a matter of record.
People get agitated. It's unfortunate and wrong when they start the vendetta but part of that is caused by the inevitable frustration. I fancy footage of feeding time in a snakemonger's shop might generate a lot more heat.
It seems to me that the original purpose in publishing the vid was public information rather than lucre. That's been achieved, and with brass knobs on. Breach of copyright is naturally a sensitive issue for people who try to make their living from intellectual property. (I've read something within the last couple of days where David Bailey was complaining about it.) I get the impression that this is mainly about trying to close Pandora's box.
Cyclists may have different view on the cammers cycling style but I had to watch the video a few time to spot the trigger incident. I still don't think he did anything wrong to have merited the assault and what disturbed me was that what we consider good practice in road positioning could have contributed to the incident. Driver frustration needs to be addressed and I think that this video illustrates that well.
The vigilantism that resulted was ugly. I don't have any sympathy for the perpetrator but targeting his wife was not on. Yes she lied but she's between a rock and a hard place on this and supporting him is a natural social response. You have to see this from her perspective. Given his violent tendencies she may herself be a victim, and everything she has done so far speaks defensive reaction rather than aggressive response.
If I was the cammer my main concern would be the media using the footage out of context rather than compensation. Any footage I post is YouTube open license and I may rethink future uploads because I wouldn't want footage to be used for any political agenda that I don't agree with (The war on motorists).