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April 20, 2007

The Lessons Learned

Among the top-ranking videos at YouTube this morning, nearly half (nine out of twenty) consist of Cho Seung-Hui's monologues as broadcast by NBC.

Good for Siva Vaidhyanathan for criticizing this decision at the MSNBC website. (See also his piece there on the "ill-conceived lessons" being drawn from the massacre.)

So what have we learned from this past week?

First of all, that when the Founding Fathers wrote about the need for a "well-regulated militia," it meant they wanted a free market in guns with no barriers whatsoever to access. ("Well-regulated" being an 18th century expression meaning "not regulated." The term "militia" is to be very broadly construed. Very, very broadly.) But such is stating the obvious.

Second, that if your mind is such a toxic waste dump that killing everyone in sight seems like a really good idea, by all means explain yourself on camera so that all the world can know. Because your thoughts will definitely reach an audience -- almost immediately, in fact -- via mass media that "well-regulate" themselves through a profound sense of social responsibility.

Finally, that it's really "cool and edgy" to make a video in which you perform one of the plays that Cho Seung-Hui wrote and post it online right away, while the bodies are still in the bags. Man, that shit is hilarious! But you'd better hurry, because otherwise you'll only be the second or third person to do it.

(crossposted at CT)

Posted by smclemee at April 20, 2007 12:02 PM