Morning Ed: Violence {2017.11.24.Fr}


Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    Vi6: That will be a tough nut to crack, not because media is unwilling to cooperating so much as people just love sensational news, even when it’s horrific. Too many just gobble it up.Report

    • Avatar aaron david in reply to Oscar Gordon says:

      Yeah, this isn’t a new idea. I remember Roger Ebert talking about it, in a review of Elephant, back in the early 2000’s; ” I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1.”Report

      • Avatar rmtodd in reply to aaron david says:

        Or possibly even further back, to Dean Ing’s short story “Very Proper Charlies” back in the late 70s, where they tried to combat terrorism by having all the major media players agree on how they covered terrorism, deliberately portraying the terrorists as bumbling fools (“Very Proper Charlie” apparently being a British slang term for fools). It didn’t go well, for reasons you’ll have to read the story to find out. I thought it an amusing idea, but one that could only have been written in the 70s back when you only needed NBC,ABC,CBS,PBS and a few big newspapers to agree to such a scheme.Report

  2. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    Vi4: I had no idea that Officer Wife’s school exists. My inclination would to be get rid of it even if most officers are men married to women.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to LeeEsq says:

      When my BIL was a civilian contractor doing command-and-control software installation in assorted bunkers in Europe, the Army assigned him the rank of “Colonel” so everyone knew how to relate to him. The good parts of that were that when the stove in their apartment died, there was an aide he could tell about the problem and the stove got replaced. The bad parts were listening to my sister complain about how she didn’t understand the unwritten codes of conduct and pecking order among the officers’ wives. As I recall, she once asked, “Was there a class I was supposed to have taken?”Report

      • Avatar LeeEsq in reply to Michael Cain says:

        Somehow I doubt a week long class could give a newbie any of the necessary insights into unwritten codes of conduct and pecking order among officers’ wives. I also don’t think this is what the teach at Officer’s Wives Class.Report

  3. Vi9 – I found the pictures very moving and disturbing. Thanks for the link.

    Even if humanity manages to avoid repeat occurrences of these explosions, they reverberate in ways that are not necessarily obvious. I wrote a little about such connections at AG in The Geopoetic Cyborg Report

  4. Avatar Pinky says:

    Vi8: “How did the pet massacre of 1939 come to be forgotten?” I have no idea, unless there were some other tragedies that occurred in the following few years that might have gotten some press attention.Report

  5. Avatar dragonfrog says:

    A recent, incident of violence local to me, which I will link to by headline here because it is so awesomely odd. Fortunately, nobody was seriously hurt.

    ’Crazy spell’: Naked suspects in Nisku kidnapping may have sipped trippy tea.

    Not noted in the article – the kidnappers and their victims were all apparently Jehovah’s Witnesses, and went to the same church.Report