Wow, two fantastic pieces on the Virginia Tech shootings - Journal of Omnifarious
Oct. 10th, 2009
01:34 am - Wow, two fantastic pieces on the Virginia Tech shootings
There are two articles that, in my opinion, give an excellent analysis of the Virginia Tech shootings.
The first is a scholarly piece by a professor of sociology that carefully dissects the situation and the blame spinning around it to raise some serious questions about exactly why the shootings happened:
Another piece is very literary and subjective. The authority this author speaks from is having been in a very similar situation to Seung-Hui Cho. His intelligence and wit make his viewpoint a very compelling one:
In my opinion, the first author understates the frequency of mobbing. I experienced it in elementary school, and to a lesser extent in high school. I've also experienced it once, in a fairly mild form, on a job.
In this, it is very important that whenever someone seems to be 'out' with everybody, someone needs to make them 'in'. And by 'in' I don't mean taking it upon yourself to guide them into being orthodox. I mean really taking the time to be a part of their lives and see the world from their point of view.
The second author has a view of the world I sympathize with a great deal. It closely mirrors my own, though I feel more positively about people as individuals than he does. I find people individually to be flawed, but marvellous and wonderful. I find people as parts of large institutions or authority structures to be disturbing and horrible.
In getting through school a strategy I semi-consciously followed was to make sure that at least some of the teachers knew me as an individual. I worked as hard as I could to make the machinery of authority and control leave me alone because individuals would avoid making the choice to invoke it.
I now wonder how many people had experiences similar to mine.