Virginia Tech Thoughts
I’ve avoided writing about the tragedy because certainly, anything I write may only add to the sensationalist noise.
But since I normally discuss technology on this blog, I find myself repeating: technology is just a tool. Harm comes from how individuals choose to employ it. Technology could be a cell phone, a blog, FaceBook, a video camera, an Internet connection… or a gun.
This is the best of what I’ve read so far: A good article on the subject of technology as a tool. And another on restraint. And lastly, one on conjecture. In this media environment, it seems the most thoughtful posts get lost in the shuffle.
Now we’re seeing the killer himself used content creation technology to record and disseminate a message listing his motives. He’s essentially a video blogger. User-created content, indeed.
I find myself revisiting the reaction of the Amish community to their school shooting. The Amish question the use of modern technology, and seem to have better coping mechanisms.
We as a nation seem to place too much faith in technology, money, and materialism: our tools, at the expense of other people – the human connection that makes people feel valuable and that their life, and the lives of others, are worth living.
My heart is with the victims at Virginia Tech.