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Last week the video of Danish archer Lars Anderson doing seemingly badass stunts with his handy bow and some homebrew footage set the internet ablaze with excited babble about all the cool things he could do as an archer. The video, advertised as "badass danish youtuber destroys every hollywood archery myth" featured an amateur archer performing super fast shooting, melee shots, and pulling arrows out of the air to return fire.
In an era of pop culture permeated by Arrow and Norman Reedus as the coolest survivor sporting a crossbow in Walking Dead, archery *is* a pretty cool subject to talk about, and what I think Lars succeeded in doing was to make us all believe that we too could be an "average person" that could shoot badass arrows and be super cool.
A week later, criticism of the video is now challenging his claims. Jim MacQuarrie on Geek Dad argues that this guys is perpetuating misinformation. On the other hand, Lars is obviously really good at social media and got the attention of all the interwebs. I think maybe what Lars is most guilty of is exaggeration, as he does explain how he does what he does, but leaves out details about things like the weight of the bow and the overall efficacy of the shots (we don't know how many shots didn't make it during filming and were edited out, for instance). Snopes confirms that the speed of the archery work appears to be real, and offers some explanations for how it is achieved: www.snopes.com/info/news/larsa…
BUT, being no expert in the field of archery, I have a very different take on the outrage that some supposed archery professionals are feeling: I think it's really cool that all of this attention means I get to learn a lot of new things about archery in my news feed. So why not let the criticism and discussion of archery begin with an open mind? I'm in favor of archery getting recognition! Let's all be nerdy and start talking about what we really do know about it historically as well as in contemporary practice!