Monday, April 26, 23:26 CDT
As usual, there's been a mass media feeding frenzy since the news of the recent murders in Littleton, CO. There's something increasingly disturbing in the depths to which so many media outlets are willing to sink, and the lack of respect they show for people hurt by a tragedy, along with the standard fear mongering and finger pointing.

Every time an act of incomprehensible violence reaches the attention of enough people to turn it into a media event, we see endless variations on the "this is why they did it, this is what's wrong with society, this is who and what to fear" theme. And it's all bullshit. The kind cranked out by frightened people searching for an easy answer, or by manipulative scum riding the crest of public attention - it makes little difference.

If there's an obvious truth here, it's that there aren't any easy answers. No simple causes that can easily be rooted out. And this won't be the last time.

Not that it matters any. They'll go on, trying hopelessly to frame an evil and foolish act in a way that makes some kind of sense. Or cynically manipulating the currents of public opinion until the next headline comes along.

Ok, I'm done. For the moment.

p1k3 / 1999 / 4 / 26