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March 24th, 2005
11:41 pm
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Waste of talent
I would like to think that, in some alternate universe, the kid who drew this Flash animation [possibly NSFW due to violence] made a few friends, developed some healthy interests (or at least a few more coping mechanisms), and grew up to be a critically acclaimed animator. Instead of, y'know, ending his life at age 16 in an orgy of destruction and shattering dozens of lives before pulling the trigger on himself.

I apologize if this is morbid -- but if you examine the video completely free of its context and content, there was some real promise in that short. The drawing style is "crude," yes, but it doesn't take Dilbert or South Park to prove that top-notch art isn't required for great animation. What I do see is an attention to detail so rarely observed in online toons, an eye for construction and pacing that convinces me he really could have made something of himself.

If he'd survived.

Best wishes to not only his victims but also Jeff Weise in wherever we go after death.

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Date:March 25th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
And worst of all, this video will be used as proof by insanely paranoid and totalitarian school administrators to expel or even arrest teens writing stories about school shootings or zombie attacks, this putting even more pressure on teens and making certain that such tragedies continue to happen. So it goes...
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Date:March 25th, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)

Nature of Dysfunction

Although it's a convenient notion, blaming social dysfuntion on school administrators a priori is hardly an honest way to address the problem. Heck, the big bruhaha it's almost laughable considering that the number of students that die in school shootings is small compared to the number that die in car accidents. Why do deaths due to school shootings get so much relative coverage? Precisely because they're so rare and unexpected.

However, because an event like this has massive shock impact, people who want a soapbox to stand on, and there are many of them, will take their opportunity to do so. At this point, cyncially wondering whether the media idiocy from this issue will be more or less palatable than the Terry Schaivo crap is the thought that goes through my mind.

Your statement is sadly ironic in that it chastizes 'insanely paranoid and totalitarian school administrators' for unreasonably using incidents like this to promote their agenda while it does exactly the same thing. And, while promoting a functional high school society is laudable, I haven't really seen anything that convinces me that these school shootings are typically fallout from (school-related) social dysfunction.
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Date:March 25th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
You know, it's awful, but I read the first sentence and thought for a moment that you might be talking about Shawn Keller.
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Date:March 26th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
*googles* Ah, him. Well, I try not to be so snarky about internal fandom politics, but as long as it's been brought up ...

I would like to think that in the vast majority of alternate universes, he's exactly the person he paints in his careless stereotyping, bringing the population matching said stereotype up to one.
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Date:March 26th, 2005 03:41 am (UTC)
And in this one, I'm pretty sure.
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