Monday, April 16, 2007

EST and Guns


If there is one thing most disturbing about today's violence on the Virginia Tech campus, it's the rush by media outlets to categorize it as the "est" of all campus shootings -- deadliest, biggest carnage, greatest body count -- and trying immediately to put it into perspective of other shootings. It's not surprising that they compared it to the Texas massacre in the 1960s with another lone gunman. What is interesting is that they also mentioned Kent State. Was that an admission that it was another case of crazed individuals?

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7 Comments:

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Eva the Deadbeat said...

Haw! Jinx! We blogged about the same thing at the same moment! You owe me a coke. Wait, that is in bad taste I guess.

I am afraid to turn on the TV. I don't think I can bare to watch the EST coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings...too stomach churning...

Whole thing is just so sad...

 
At 5:35 PM, Blogger WAT said...

The media loves this shit. They really do. They sit there and say what a tragedy, but they're full of it. They need these news stories badly and jump up and down when they happen!!

 
At 5:52 PM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Just when I said I wouldn't do it, I watched the first 15 minutes of the CBS Evening News.

Some sample clips.

Katie Couric: What was your reaction?

Student 1: Uh, I was terrified.

Seconds later, a voiceover notes: "This event was unimaginable for young people, for all people in fact."

Katie Couric (to wounded student): You must have been terrified

Student 2: Uh, yeah, I was.

I may be an inept blogger, but it pains me to watch this sort of coverage that they are extending to a full hour then having a follow-up later tonight. We did learn a bit more about interviewing people back in the days when I went to J-school. Wait, Katie is my age, but she must have gotten her degreee in the Caribbean.

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger WAT said...

You see what I mean? They r so retarded and act as if concerned. WELL HOW ELSE DID THESE PEOPLE FEEL? OF COURSE TERRIFIED! DUH!

I kept hearing this on CNN and FOXNEWS via my satellite radio myself all day whilst at work. MORONS!

Almost like when asking people what they felt during an earthquake...

 
At 1:07 AM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

I have yet to turn on the T.V. The last thing I watched was the Simpsons so that means the TV is tuned to Fox. There is nothing worse than jumping into the middle of a fox broadcast. Oh wait...
Getting gunned down is worse.

When things like this happen I tend to wait a week before I turn the TV on. I could say its out of respect for the dead but its not. I just want to avoid getting sucked into the swirling vortex that is evening news.

 
At 7:26 PM, Blogger Eva the Deadbeat said...

I finally watched a little bit of the TV coverage - how fucking painful.

question: how to be famous in America?

answer: kill lots of people - but first, make a video!

sick, truly sick. i think the media does relish this sort of evil crap. do they perpetuate it? one wonders...

 
At 11:41 PM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

It's insane, sick, pointless. What's even more worrisome is that I've really not thought about more than twice over the past 72 hours.

 

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