Feb. 4, 2011, 1:47 p.m.

Take a look at this guy. He is, apparently, the fastest snapper in the world. And even if he isn’t the fastest snapper in the world, he certainly does snap quickly.

I would continue to laud his snapping abilities, but I would prefer to focus on the responses he has been getting. According to the comment thread, some people are hoping to prove that he is somehow cheating and that his video was not recorded in real time. At the time when I happened upon the link, a few comments urged viewers to “keep ur eyes on the watch behind him” because, supposedly, one can tell by the moving clock that he is snapping in double time.

Regardless of the fact that the clock is barely visible in the video – and several replies on the comment thread remind viewers of this fact with rather explicit language – it is more interesting to ponder why someone would want the world’s fastest snapper to be cheating. Is it jealousy of snapping speed? Is it an inherent skepticism? Is it bitterness at that person’s failure to become a YouTube phenomenon?

Whatever the reason be, I gladly would praise the snapping abilities of this Matt Anderson. Must we struggle to put down those who are gifted, must we attempt to dismiss talent as an act of cheating and trickery? I think not. Let us graciously accept the snapping superiority of Matt.

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