I am a huge hockey fan–I might have mentioned it before. So obviously I watched Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night on NBC. Boston won, and had the game in hand pretty much throughout, despite the fact that it was an away game for them playing in Vancouver. I went to bed not long after, thinking that was that. And it should have been. Unfortunately, after the game, things turned ugly, and the fans of the Vancouver Canucks set about destroying their own city. 

I’ll be very surprised if you don’t know about it already–it’s been an international news story. And that story has been fueled by compelling photographs and video. A lot of video. By amateurs and professionals alike. You’ll notice in this first clip just how many bystanders there are who are filming the event–it might be the most video-covered riot in history. And much of it is going viral, stacking up views in a hurry as the rest of the world tunes in to try and see what happened.

Here’s a video showing a good overview of the insanity with a nice montage of footage:

Here’s another nice compilation of footage, this time apparently from the Global BC organization:

More news coverage, this time of the first burning car:

Let’s pause here and remember that while citizens halfway around the globe have been demonstrating and rioting for freedom, these jokers are rioting because their hockey team lost. Kinda puts the violence in perspective, no? Versus, the cable channel, gave us this great juxtaposition of the reaction in Vancouver opposite the reaction in Boston:

The idiot in our next clip gets himself hit in the groin with fireworks (or possibly a flash grenade):

Plenty of other clips are still waiting to go viral, but likely will. Like this next clip that got hot on Reddit of a lone man standing up to a group of teenagers who are destroying a car:

There are other videos as well, plenty of them. A few are graphic. There’s one clip of the crowd beating up a man who tries to talk some sense into them. (Not embedding that one, but if you really want to see it you can do so here.)

Don’t forget, this isn’t the first time the city of Vancouver has rioted over a hockey game. They did this back in 1994 after losing to the Rangers:

So many questions surround these events, at least for the world outside of Vancouver. Why would they destroy their own city? Who are they upset with… their team? The refs? It takes a mob for something like this to happen; individuals know better than to do this sort of thing on their own. Put a few thousand riled up, drunk people together who share the same gripe, and everyone loses their sense of right and wrong. Crazy.

World news events like this will continue to go viral, for footage from news organizations and amateurs-on-the-street alike. Online video is the fastest way for the masses to glimpse a major world event, particularly when coupled with social media. The mix of professional and amateur footage creates a level of coverage of the event like we’ve never seen before in our lifetimes-. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… this is the new age of news: online video from multiple sources shot and uploaded in real time and spread through social media outlets. It’s not even “the future” anymore… it’s now. Social video is how people are beginning to go about getting their news.