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Austin Ziegler
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Thinking about old friends from alt.callahans as I'm listening to Stevie Nix sing Gold Dust Woman.
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On Glorification

"Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. "Wouldn't you say," she asked, "that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?" No, I said, I wouldn't say that. "But what about 'Basketball Diaries'?" she asked. "Doesn't that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?" The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it's unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.

The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. "Events like this," I said, "if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn't have messed with me. I'll go out in a blaze of glory."

In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of "explaining" them. I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy." -- Roger Ebert
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This is Victoria. She died a hero yesterday. She hid her first graders in the cabinets and closets after hearing the gunfire. When the shooter came to her classroom, she told him that her students were in the gym. He then gunned her down and moved on. She saved the lives of all of her students. Please pass this on if you see it. She deserves to be remembered for her bravery.
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Beautiful.
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ARTwork of Vladimir Fedotko. (20 photos)
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(1) Is Google+ truly interesting enough that I need to make it part of my daily check? I've found a few things here and there on G+ (it's in my 'startup tabs'—but I spend a few minutes here and that's it, but I find far more through Hacker News, Google Reader, Twitter, and Facebook. It could be that I'm not following enough of the right people…but I'm not happy with the idea that all of my Google+ circle people are showing up in Adium as available for chat.

(2) Is today's released #iOS app good enough to load it on my iPhone again? I deleted it about six months ago because it was crap.

Barely even noticing the new G+ view…I just don't find that G+ holds anything for me at all.

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I haven't posted anything about this yet here.

My wife, Anne-Marie, is self-publishing her novel, Behind Blue Eyes. Right now, only the paperback version is available from Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/annemarieklein) but I'm working on getting the ebook versions ready and should have them so in a week or two.

We're probably going to jump right into Kindle Select as a 90-day exclusive, but that may change if we're not accepted into Kindle Select. She's worked hard on this for quite a while, and I think it's a good book (and it's totally not my genre).

Uninstalled the G+ app from my iPhone. Complete and total crap.
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