I think it’s terrible when anyone dies, especially if it is someone you know and love. But what is more offensive is that when these tragedies happen, most people don’t really care any more than they would about the season finale of Friends or The Real World. I was dumbfounded as I watched the media snake right in, not missing a teardrop, interviewing the parents of dead children, televising the funerals. Then came the witch hunt.
Man’s greatest fear is chaos. It was unthinkable that these kids did not have a simple black-and-white reason for their actions. And so a scapegoat was needed.
Marilyn Manson, who, in 1999, wrote a powerful essay for Rolling Stone reflecting on a similarly tragic and unexplainable shooting, also in Colorado. Well worth reading for its insight and similarities to today’s terrible misfortune, “Columbine: Who’s Fault Is It?” (via climateadaptation)
13 years later, and the news media continues to snake right in.