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18th-Apr-2007 07:52 pm

By now I'm sure you've all seen the media reports about the Va Tech killer's video & written manifesto, as well as all of the pictures of him and his guns and knives that he sent to NBC in between killing people in different buildings.

Please, don't repost this shit. He did it because he wanted it to be a sensational thing, he wanted to be famous for it - DO NOT give this sick motherfucker the satisfaction. By reposting it, you completely validate him, and in the hope that you are honorable people not interested in titillating this horrifying, senseless tragedy, I ask that you not give him what he wanted after his death. Enough media outlets are already showing the videos and pictures, which is just fucking shameful.

Do not make a martyr of him.

Just don't do it.

19th-Apr-2007 12:44 am (UTC)
I hadn't planned on it.

What irks me is that he's going to get what he was after anyway. It pulls ratings...sadly enough.
19th-Apr-2007 03:19 am (UTC)
Yeah... RATINGS.

Iraq? Nah, no one cares.

Sometimes I hate my country.

Wouldn't it be fucked up one day to find out that news media contract school shooters to get ratings and paralyze the public?
19th-Apr-2007 10:31 am (UTC)
Actually, that would be more on the typical side of things I don't even find shocking anymore. Which is really sad.
19th-Apr-2007 02:45 pm (UTC) - Re: Ratings
Iraq? Nah, no one cares.

They needed something to keep people from re-finding the stories about Iraq. Anna Nicole Smith and Brittney have outlived their usefulness and Imus went nowhere fast.

Sometimes I hate my country.

That biblical flood is looking more appealing to me by the day...

Wouldn't it be fucked up one day to find out that news media contract school shooters to get ratings and paralyze the public?

For the past 20 years or so I've felt that they've had to be involved with creating stories rather than just reporting them. Back in the old days, we had real journalists. I miss them.
19th-Apr-2007 10:34 am (UTC)
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19th-Apr-2007 10:34 am (UTC) - Re: I agree!
You're hitting on the things I find both typical of our culture and no longer shocking. This society lives to be titillated, we've lost any sense of honor or decency because this stuff has become an addiction.

You're absolutely right about everything you've said here, I could not agree more.
19th-Apr-2007 12:57 am (UTC)
I hear you loud and clear. And agree.
19th-Apr-2007 01:27 am (UTC)
Every day in the United States an average of 93 people die from firearms. But it takes 33 in a single setting for it to be recognized as a problem. Everyday events cost far more lives but because they happen individually we don't notice them. Why not?
19th-Apr-2007 04:20 am (UTC)
Individual events cannot be sensationalized with flashy graphics and buffer music and milked in the media for weeks afterward.

In other words, you're spot on (as usual).

19th-Apr-2007 04:21 am (UTC)

thanks :)
19th-Apr-2007 04:26 am (UTC)
"Dr. Somethingorother, you once did a study on depressed south korean college students. Why did he do it? What was he thinking?"
19th-Apr-2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Because he wasn't getting the psychiatric care he needed, clearly.
19th-Apr-2007 10:43 am (UTC)
Because the people responsible for bringing this news to the sheeple are using the Gracie Janes/Nancy Graces of the media to not only exploit these sacred pounds of flesh, but to make window dressing out of them. It's not about sentiment or grief or the extraordinary things accomplished by those lost, it is about out-shining the competition. I know you know this already, I'm just lending my US $.02.

30K die from suicide annually, and around 750K make an attempt. 800 MILLION people are chronically malnourished and 30K give or take die from starvation. I could go on and on, trust me. I imagine that the lack of feeding tubes for these people are what prevent them from being good copy and whatever criteria merits politicalization.
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19th-Apr-2007 10:44 am (UTC)
I'm just waiting on the black ribbon VT stickers to appear on the backs of SUVs now, which is just gross.
24th-Apr-2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
I saw a VT sticker on a trailer hitch while we were down in GA and had to be reassured by D and Sarah that it was most likely the driver had actually gone there before I worked myself into a frothing rage.
19th-Apr-2007 02:18 am (UTC)
I'm going to link to this (if you don't mind), because you're saying exactly what I'm thinking...
19th-Apr-2007 10:45 am (UTC)
I don't mind at all.
19th-Apr-2007 03:22 am (UTC) - Thought of the day....
19th-Apr-2007 10:45 am (UTC) - Re: Thought of the day....
I want that!
19th-Apr-2007 02:49 pm (UTC) - Re: Thought of the day....
I expect Susan Powter would approve of this. :)
19th-Apr-2007 06:18 am (UTC)
I love you
19th-Apr-2007 10:45 am (UTC)
I love you too, my sweet K-B!
19th-Apr-2007 11:58 am (UTC)
I'm beyond frustrated with this entire situation. We've lost so many people in Iraq, so many good people due to drunk drivers, so many good people do to stupid every day shite, and then this guy decides to attack his school, and we get to have time to reflect on what went wrong, but never do we see anything for gun control laws, perhaps including mental instability as a test of the Brady Bill, or, if you can imagine it, a referrendum to get the US out of an unjustified war.

No, We as a society would choose to follow the cult of personality of the mass killer, and be shocked and awed by his ability to mow down people's lives, instead of looking around us and realizing that we've got to fix the problems in our own yard!

Sorry, this isn't very coherent as I'm still fuming! I have great respect for you, jesus_h_biscuit, I'm just seeing red.
19th-Apr-2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
I AGREE! *loud applause*

19th-Apr-2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
(and I'm linking to you)
19th-Apr-2007 03:39 pm (UTC) - On Topic
My friend and I were discussing the Virginia Tech incident and the motives of the killer, and she told me this story of a situation in Australia that occurred years ago:

"...We had a similar tragedy where a young man massacred 35 people and wounded 37 others in a shooting spree at Port Arthur in Tasmania back in 1996. I had friends down there on holiday and it was a while before we heard they were not the ones in the morgue or hospital.

That killer lived and is serving 37 life sentences. He wanted fame apparently as part of his motivation, so part of the reaction to him by the public was to never speak his name at the memorial services or memorials which have been errected at Port Arthur. The media have not followed up on his life in prison, it is like he is being ignored in the hope he dies in obscurity. He was 28 when it happened and we will never hear of him again until he dies in prison, I guess."

Although the workings of a deranged and troubled mind is fascinating, I think it is best for those surviving, and for the memory of those lost, to concentrate on mending, on spreading peace and hope and connectedness in the face of tragedy. I am sorry the troubled kid did not feel he had this in his life, but that is what mental illness does; it distorts reality.

Let's admit it, we're not all glued to our computers and TVs because we want to learn how to recognize the signs of mental illness and want to learn how to cope with this, should it happen in our lives; we are there to watch the freakshow - which is what he was counting on.
21st-Apr-2007 12:10 am (UTC)

-benkenobigal Linked to this entry and I just had to agree.
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