Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Putting the "mass" in "mass shooting"

Dear corporate media:

STFU already! I really don’t know how much more I can take of your platitude-dripping violence-fetishizing orgasm over the Orlando shooting. Yes, of course it was a tragedy. I don’t need you or anyone else to tell me that fifty people dying from bullet exposure is a horrible thing (although it remains to be seen how many of those killed were victims of over exuberant SWAT cops in the spasmodic throes of their own power orgasm).

And please, please, please stop calling it "the worst mass-shooting in American history" or "the worst mass shooting on American soil." This is simply not true, at least not without ignoring enormous chunks of documented history or radically deforming the definition of "mass-shooting"—a single event where lots of innocent people get shot—or both.

Wikipedia tells me that as many as 300 people died at Wounded Knee (only one historical example among many). Many of those were children, and they all died during a single mass-shooting event. The event is part of American history. And Wounded Knee is, last time I checked, "American soil."

Maybe you could revise your headlines to read "worst non-government-sanctioned mass shooting" or "worst non pogrom-related mass shooting" or maybe "worst mass killing on American soil not perpetrated by white men wearing uniforms." Although I’m not sure whether those would be entirely accurate either.

Yours in disgust,


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