Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Worst Massacre?

Now I'm not Native-American or descended from colonizers, but I do think we ought to jiggle our national memory a little harder and try on a little reverent humility before we throw around pronouncements that the Virginia Tech shooting is the greatest massacre in American history.

What is it about us that we need a superlative to give anything innately horrific the time of day? The media response shows how so much of this is just more infotainment.

"Really? A massacre? Hmmm, but does it fit in a Top 5 category? No? Oh, not very original, is it then?"