Virginia Tech the Story Event

Cho as ostensibly dictated to by Oldboy. Or maybe not.

Finally getting to this…

What happened is what happened, so we can talk to it all we want. It makes some sense to add to the discussion how extraordinarily mediated everything seems to be during an event cycle like this.

Yes, we cottoned on to the Hinckleyian influence on the kid of a certain South Korean blockbuster. Sure, we get projected to and inspired by, and we act.

But as Thomas de Zengotita related so well on NPR’s On the Media, the participation ran in all kinds of directions:

FEMALE STUDENT: This is something that no one will ever get over. I mean, the people who died, yes, they’re, they’ve finished their pain, but the pain for everybody else will go on forever.

MALE STUDENT: It’s just insane. That’s just, that’s such a big number. Like we were already saying this is just like a college Columbine. This is, it’s just really sad.

THOMAS de ZENGOTITA: Yeah, those two particular individuals, there’s no question in my mind, just listening to their voices, that they understand they’re in a drama, as well as something real. It’s a fusion of reality and representation. I call it the “story event.” The story shapes the event. The event shapes the story. It unfolds in real time, just the way the kids who were trapped in their various classes were reporting on their cell phones simultaneously as the events unfolded, and hearing themselves on their own laptops reporting through MSNBC on themselves.

The aesthetic of his self-presentation is extremely powerful, extremely potent.

And we really have to recognize that this isn’t a world of representation separate from a world of reality. This is a fused world of representation and the real that we’re all living in, and that means we need to have a whole new set of concepts and a whole new set of ways of making judgments about what to do and not to do in that the world. It’s a different world, literally.

 Yr welcome, PHL. Or do you want Konders back, baby? 


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