The Lighter Side of Tragedy

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There hasn’t been a lot to laugh about the last couple of days.  I always find a little levity helps make the shittiest circumstances a little more bearable.

The funniest things about the shootings at Virginia Tech have been watching the media fall over themselves to cover the story.  The other night, I swear Brian Williams looked pissed that Matt Lauer was also there to hog the spotlight.  And just what the fuck is the Today Show think they are doing by bringing their bullshit cue card happy chat to the scene of a massacre? 

Matt:  More about the sick mind of Cho Seung-Hui coming up.  But first Rachael Ray will show us how to make Kimchee, a traditional Korean dish.

Willard:  Happy Birthday to Mildred Banks of Provo, Utah.  She’s a hundred and and seven years young! 

Another source of chuckles has been comparing and contrasting this tragedy with the slow news week of seven days ago.  All of the hyperbole about how Don Imus and his comments were repugnant, reprehensible, repellent, disgusting, diabolical, evil, hideous, awful, deplorable, despicable and unconscionable seems a little more hollow now that we have the actual definitions of those words demonstrated for us by this sick little fuck.

 My favorite bits have been courtesy of NPR.

First up, on the morning after, unknown NPR reporter said of the return to semi-normalcy, "People are walking by curiously…"  Heh, heh, heh.  "by curiously" Heh, heh, heh.

Second, was this morning’s piece from WPLN.  The MTSU  campus police chief described how that if faced with a similar situation to VA Tech’s, the notification procedure is more of a "shotgun approach".

It isn’t much, I know, but it is all we have. 

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8 Responses to “The Lighter Side of Tragedy”

  1. Kat Says:

    "All of the hyperbole about how Don Imus and his comments were repugnant, reprehensible, repellent, disgusting, diabolical, evil, hideous, awful, deplorable, despicable and unconscionable seems a little more hollow now that we have the actual definitions of those words demonstrated for us by this sick little fuck."And that’s it right there, isn’t it? We’ve cheapened the definition of words so that when we really need them all we can do is say "let’s have a day of Blog Silence!"

  2. Sarcastro Says:

    The Day of Blog Silence may be one of the stupider, meaningless and plain fucking empty gestures to come out of the herd mentality in awhile.Let me propose that EVERYONE blog on that day. There are thirty odd VA Tech who won’t get the chance to ever write about their cats or post pictures of their kids or rail pointlessly about the mongoloid Nashville drivers.Besides, if we DON’T blog, haven’t we let the nutjob campus shooters win?

  3. newscoma Says:

    Alas, I will blog that day because I agree that it very herd oriented, but hell, if that’s what people want to do, fine.I’m just not joining that caravan.

  4. Scott Smith Says:

    By the way, not everything passes through my hands before it gets out on the air. I’ll take responsibility for a lot of silly shit, but not that.

  5. Ginger Says:

    Sarcastro, you make me smile everytime I read you…even when we disagree. :)…and now I will go back to watching the NBC mailroom clerk on the Today Show…

  6. john h Says:

    bravo bravo bravo

  7. malia Says:

    I just vented my frustrations by yelling at the TV, "IT’S VIRGINIA TECH YOU MORONS!! NOT VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY!! GET IT RIGHT ALREADY!!"I remember Matt Lauer being so shocked by some the reactions of the college students to his being there. Yes, Matt, the world does not revolved around you! Seriously.

  8. Sarcastro Says:

    I heard, but did not see, that the students of VT have been putting up signs saying, essentially, "Media Go Home. Let Us Mourn In Peace."Good for them.

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