So, someone mentioned in class the video of the THK. Here's a link to a video of the VT killer that he sent to NBC. You don't see people dying, but it's still really disturbing hearing his justifications for his actions.
It's interesting. In my Victorian/gothic lit class, we always discuss how the the literature of that era really reflected the anxieties and paranoia that the Victorians felt. They were apprehensive about technology and advancement in general; they experienced the Industrial Revolution, drug addictions, and imperialism, and with that, came a fear of the unknown, whether it was science or foreigners. England had undergone a lot of change in a short amount of time and they didn't want to believe that horrible things could happen IN England, at home. If horrible things did happen, it was because of something foreign. A lot of those fears haven't gone away and in my Victorian lit class, I always mention the novels we read for this class because I always see connections. It's cool to see how these apprehensions have translated from one genre to another and how similar they are, even though they are separated by two centuries.
Relating this back to what happened at Virginia Tech and how the media is portraying Cho Seung-Hu, not much as changed. There is still this xenophobia in our society. It happened after 911, with racial/religious profiling and discrimination, and it's happening again. A lot of news articles really emphasize the fact that the VT killer was NOT an American citizen, he was Korean and he was a permanent resident. (Never mind the fact that he pretty much grew up here.) I joked with a friend the other day, saying that people might be scared of me because I'm Asian (and coincidentally, both he and I have similar majors..oh no!), but it's really nothing to joke about. I heard about Asians in Virginia getting things thrown at them or other people spitting on them, etc. I guess history really does repeat itself, huh?
This was just something for you all to chew on.