Punchr

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Ken Lawson introduces Punchr.

Date: August 11, 2014

Category: Shorts

Appearing: Paul Saunders, James Turner, Graham Stark

Writing: Paul Saunders

Camera: Graham Stark, James Turner

Sound: Brendan Dery

Editing: Graham Stark

Music: Bradley Rains

Executive Producers: Andrew "Omega Lairon" Paye, Rachel Bradford and Christian "Imat" Johnson

Synopsis

Paul plays Ken Lawson, an independent mobile app developer advertising his new social network, "Punchr", which connects violent people with people who, ostensibly, deserves to be punched. James plays Dwayne, a social outcast who has become an aggressive bully, and Graham plays Chad, a spoiled and inconsiderate trust fund kid, who are shown being connected by the app, which can be used to tag people like Chad so that Dwayne can be alerted when he is nearby and ready to be assaulted.

Lawson claims that Punchr doesn't encourage violence on the basis that it only redirects violence that would already occur in the first place towards people to whom it "should" occur. In making this argument, he reveals that he was driven to create the app when he was fired from his former company so that his boss' son could "use part of the office as a a squash court".

The stinger jumps to six months later, when Lawson has been sued over Punchr and sentenced to a fine and community service, as well as to develop a new app called "Apologizr" that alerts him whenever someone who was on the receiving end of violence as a result of Punchr is nearby so that he can personally apologize to them.

Trivia

  • Although Graham's character is called Chad, the image on his punchr profile is of Jonny.
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