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Saturday, April 21, 2007

New trend, _Old Boy_, same old bollocks

It had to happen. Following the Virginia Tech massacre, mass media gets the blame. There are plenty of commentators who see the killings as connected to YouTube, ranging from sensible treatments of meaningless nihilism to "mass media for the YouTube generation" (Paul Harris, "Killer made his own horror film", Daily Mail, 20 April 2007: 10-11).

The Daily Mail regrets the end of the 19th Century, but it has briefly joined the 20th with a typical complaint about old media (film) and copycat violence. "In Cho's sick mind he carried images of a violent movie", says Harris. How can we actually know this? The Mail supplies no evidence of what exactly was in Cho's mind, nor could it be expected to. Even the evidence that Cho saw the movie Old Boy (2003) is lacking.

Instead the article relies on Cho's martyrdom video clips showing "disturbing parallels" and "striking parallels" with scenes in the film. I would suggest that if a human being is photographed putting a gun to his/her head or wielding a claw hammer those photographs will look like certain production stills from the film Old Boy; short of evolving differently shaped bodies and heads, there is no getting away from this fact. The Mail's online caption - "Seung-Hui puts a gun to his head in another apparent attempt to copy the violent 2003 film" - is another example of a daft parallel based on completely different things happening to look the same.

The article is accompanied by a box piece enumerating the similarities between Cho's manifesto and Old Boy (Richard Shears, "Revenge tale with gruesome scenes of death and torture", ibid). The point about each comparison is that it relies on things in the film having (vaguely) similar descriptions in real life. Each observation is brought in as "evidence", but there is nothing in the article that proves the killer even saw the film. How can we say it caused the killings - "the ultimate Quentin Tarantino movie", apparently? We can't - there's no proof at all.



PS. I better be right about this: I bought one of my best mates the Old Boy DVD for his birthday last year. Any massacres he carries out in future are his own fault entirely, OK?

PPS. While I was writing this an apartment burned in the next street. I was going to slate the crowd of rubberneckers who'd gathered to watch -- some did video it on their cameraphones and you can probably find it on YouTube soon if you cared to -- but most of them had been evacuated from the apartment itself, and had little choice but to stand around until the fire was extinguished. Apologies for thinking the wrong thoughts, folks.

*Also in the Mail: the video fight club for toddlers.

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Blogger The Starmaker said...

It is a fact that children imitate violence they see on the screen.

Instead of the family members of the victims of the worst massacre in U.S. history
suing the campus, they should sue The Major Studios that *manufacture* the violence
that children see and imitate in the media.

Seung-Hui Cho was a 23 year old child, in all sense of the word since the majority
of 23 year olds in the U.S. are still living with their parents.

A message needs to be sent to the studios, stop manufacturing this stuff. And that message can only be sent
by class action suit.


The Starmaker





The Starmaker wrote:
>
> The only way to eradicate the Hollywood virus is for the members of the family of the
> 32 people who were killed *and* Cho Seung-Hui family members, in the worst shooting rampage in modern U.S. history,
> is for those family members to file a class action suit against all the major studios that put out this stuff.
>
> This time they'll win.
>
> The Starmaker
>
> The Starmaker wrote:
> >
> > Evil is a disease of the mind.
> > And it spreads from one mind to another.
> > And Hollywood facilitates the spreading of this diseases.
> >
> > I don't think I want to live in a world where people who use Evil
> > as an ingredient in their products to sicken the minds of our children with the Evil diseases.
> >
> > There's nothing I can do about you adults.
> >
> > But you got to save the babies.
> >
> > ..
> >
> > Certainly people like this wouldn't be allowed in Heaven!
> >
> > There is probably a place for them in Hell. But not Heaven!!
> >
> > And I certainly don't want to be in a Heaven where people like these are let in!!!
> >
> > What kind of God would allow that?
> >
> > And certainly, they shouldn't be on this Earth either.
> >
> > We are all just David's in a world of Goliaths.
> >
> > The Starmaker
> >
> > This 23 year old, Cho Seung-Hui caught the disease from Hollywood.
> > http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1261563,00.html
> >
> > on a personal note....would you believe...that I plan to show
> > on my movie theater, you know, when I start selling movie tickets...
> > the first movie is going to be a Horror movie?
> >
> > In the meantime...here is what kids like to watch:
> > http://pw1.netcom.com/~starmaker/YT/Table-Theater-2-measure-abcdefg.html
> >
> > The Starmaker wrote:
> > >
> > > You know what's wrong with these people who write and sell these horror stories...
> > > inside their minds..
> > > contains..
> > > Evil.
> > >
> > > The Evil exist *only* in their minds.
> > >
> > > Then they put it on paper
> > > They put it on screen
> > >
> > > and spread the Evil into the minds of your children.
> > >
> > > Evil exist only in one place in this world...in the mind.
> > >
> > > You know how it gets there. What are you going to do about it?
> > >
> > > The Starmaker
> > >
> > > The Starmaker wrote:
> > > >
> > > > You scriptwriters should be stopped from writing this stuff, and the people who pay you for it are equally guilty!
> > > > It should be a crime to write and sell this stuff!!
> > > >
> > > > You horror writers should be handcuffed, chained, Stabbed In The Chest, Tortured, Slit Wrists, Teeth Extraction, Knife In Back, Shot In The Head, Stabbed In The Ear,
> > > > Knee In Groin, your Tongue Severed, your Hand Severed, Blood Splatter, splatter, splatter, splatter, ....
> > > >
> > > > The Starmaker
> > > >
> > > > I forgot to add "female nudity" and Murder Of Wife!
> > > >
> > > > The Starmaker wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > If a toy manufacture makes a toy that chokes a baby to death, they get rid of the toy...
> > > > >
> > > > > Shouldn't these people who write and make these movies be stopped? They are killing our children!
> > > > >
> > > > > I don't even want children reading the keywords!!!
> > > > >
> > > > > http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364569/keywords
> > > > >
> > > > > http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0337636/keywords
> > > > >
> > > > > Plot keywords for
> > > > > Hellraiser: Deader (2005) (V)
> > > > > Lesbian Scene
> > > > > Female Nudity
> > > > > Hallucination
> > > > > Bad Smell
> > > > > Blood Splatter
> > > > > Chosen One
> > > > > Destiny
> > > > > Handcuffs
> > > > > Stabbed In The Chest
> > > > > Back From The Dead
> > > > > Chain
> > > > > Hook
> > > > > Subway
> > > > > Slit Wrists
> > > > > Romania
> > > > > Shot In The Head
> > > > > Male Nudity
> > > > > Journalist
> > > > > Severed Hand
> > > > > Good Versus Evil
> > > > > Gore
> > > > > Knee In Groin
> > > > > Suicide
> > > > > Independent Film
> > > > > Pinhead
> > > > > Sequel
> > > > > Torture
> > > > >
> > > > > Neo Noir
> > > > > Disturbing
> > > > > Gas Mask
> > > > > Masturbation
> > > > > Black Comedy
> > > > > Violent Movie
> > > > > Tooth Pulling
> > > > > Severed Tongue
> > > > > Based On Comic
> > > > > Breasts
> > > > > Vaginal Sex
> > > > > Octopus
> > > > > Hypnotism
> > > > > Revenge
> > > > > Suicide
> > > > > Incest
> > > > > Wallpaper
> > > > > Flashback Sequence
> > > > > Imprisonment
> > > > > Jealousy
> > > > > Torture
> > > > > Manga
> > > > > Anti Hero
> > > > > Mysterious Villain
> > > > > Bible Quote
> > > > > Diary
> > > > > Drunk Scene
> > > > > Fall From Height
> > > > > Framed For Murder
> > > > > Game
> > > > > Hammer
> > > > > Handkerchief
> > > > > Knife In Back
> > > > > Long Take
> > > > > Monster
> > > > > Obscure Meaning
> > > > > Pacemaker
> > > > > Post Hypnotic Suggestion
> > > > > Scissor Stabbing
> > > > > Severed Hand
> > > > > Shot In The Head
> > > > > Sin
> > > > > Stabbed In The Back
> > > > > Stabbed In The Ear
> > > > > Stockholm Sweden
> > > > > Sushi
> > > > > Tattoo
> > > > > Teeth Extraction
> > > > > Violence
> > > > > False Imprisonment
> > > > > Cell
> > > > > Dark Comedy
> > > > > Death Of Wife
> > > > > Kidnapping
> > > > > Murder Of Wife
> > > > > Prison Cell
> > > > > Television
> > > > > Twist In The End
> > > > > Surprise Ending
> > > > >
> > > > > The Starmaker wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > I was looking at this page
> > > > > > because I was thinking
> > > > > > "How come this guy doesn't write a novel?"
> > > > > > I mean, he's might be the Stephen King of screenplays...
> > > > > > (i never read a novel before)
> > > > > > and he hangs out on screenplay writing newsgroups
> > > > > > and he seems to specialize in Monster movies, or Horror movies...
> > > > > > http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1521005/
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Surely he can take one of his screenplays he has
> > > > > > hidden somewhere and make a novel out of it...
> > > > > > or does it take too much work to write a novel?
> > > > > >
> > > > > > He's got some selling points!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > As a last resort, he can tell the publisher
> > > > > >
> > > > > > "If you re-arrange the letters of my name Neal Marshall Stevens, you come up with..
> > > > > > Mr. Satan Enslaves Hell!"
> > > > > >
> > > > > > That alone can be a title for his next novel!!!!
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > But what are these keywords I see?
> > > > > >
> > > > > > http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0337636/keywords
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Plot keywords for
> > > > > > Hellraiser: Deader (2005) (V)
> > > > > > Lesbian Scene
> > > > > > Female Nudity
> > > > > > Hallucination
> > > > > > Bad Smell
> > > > > > Blood Splatter
> > > > > > Chosen One (Chosen One? What does that mean? How does that fit in? I smell cinnamon http://www.wishingfish.com/asskisser.html)
> > > > > > Destiny
> > > > > > Handcuffs
> > > > > > Stabbed In The Chest
> > > > > > Back From The Dead
> > > > > > Chain
> > > > > > Hook
> > > > > > Subway
> > > > > > Slit Wrists
> > > > > > Romania
> > > > > > Shot In The Head
> > > > > > Male Nudity
> > > > > > Journalist
> > > > > > Severed Hand
> > > > > > Good Versus Evil
> > > > > > Gore
> > > > > > Knee In Groin
> > > > > > Suicide
> > > > > > Independent Film
> > > > > > Pinhead
> > > > > > Sequel
> > > > > > Torture

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