In a desperate attempt to get publicity, it is reported here in “Notes from All Over” that Barbara Coloroso, author of “The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander,” apparently thinks Simon Cowell and such are tangentially responsible for the violence at Va Tech. She said:
“I think we are experiencing something amiss culturally where the TV shows, if you turn them on, [show] people are laughing at one another’s pain…Enjoying seeing someone kicked off the island, enjoying seeing someone go down in flames on ‘American Idol.’”
Some people really need to get out of the house on occasion. Of all the cultural influcences can reasaonbly be blamed for outbreaks of violence, she blames reality television?
Let me draw her a quick distinction. Folks who are on reality tv wanted to be on reality tv. They auditioned, submitted tapes and applications. They have watched the shows and know what is coming. People who have been victimized by bullies don’t apply…they are innocent folks who are targeted for a variety of reasons by someone who wants to use their physical, emotional, or institutional dominance to physically or verbally demean and degrade.
You might say that we don’t know how a twisted mind will react to or analyze such entertainment fare. True enough. By the same token, we don’t know what will send a twisted mind over the edge. It may be a John Woo movie, it may be the voice of Martha Stewart, it may be the sight of a kid playing Whack-a-Mole at Hershey Park.
I really find it sad that the media and these so-called experts are colluding to give each other one last, agonizing attempt to get attention by capitalizing on the tragedy in Blacksburg. Small wonder the student voted to evict the media from the campus.
Give me a break, people!