15 Minutes of Infamy

Notable Quote: (adapted from Andy Warhol) "In the present, many people will be infamous for 15 minutes."

Shameful. Despicable. Selfish. Thoughtless. Damaging. Inflammatory. Sickening. Disgusting. Imprudent. Ill-advised. Guilt-worthy. Capricious. Evil. Opportunistic –these and many, many other adverbs could and should be used to describe the absolute irresponsibility of certain members of the media who decided to air the videotaped rantings of the mentally ill young man (I will not lend to his ill-gotten notoriety – or his family’s pain and shame  by mentioning his name) responsible for the shootings at Virginia Tech.

If others see and relate to the young man’s grievances–it’s entirely possible that he could become a "folk hero" of sorts.  If this exercised "freedom of the press" serves to hearten those who would gain notoriety through a spectacular act of violence–my opinion is that those responsible for airing and promoting the material will bear a measure of responsibility for their actions .

There are more important things in life than "scooping" the competition.

The "Golden Rule" says: "Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you", not "Do unto others before they do unto you."

At any rate, it seems that I am not alone in my outrage over this horrendous decision by short-sighted ratings-seekers. Pray for healing at Virginia Tech, and for the families of the victims.  Read on for more…With a backlash developing against the media for airing sickening pictures from Virginia Tech shooter

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