Not Saussure

April 17, 2007

Enter rumour, painted full of tongues

Filed under: press — notsaussure @ 2:36 pm

Oh, dear. Maybe the immediacy of the new news media comes at a price:

He is an Asian-American student at Virginia Tech University, whose personal blogs reveal a recently wounded heart and an eye-opening gun fetish.But Wayne Chiang – the subject of fevered speculation on the internet – is not the man responsible for this morning’s massacre at the southern US university.

Rumours that Chiang, 23, was the mass murderer spread across the world after links to his various blogs were posted on social networking website Facebook and similar sites. Many noted the similarities between Chiang and the person described in accounts of the Virginia Tech tragedy as the shooter.

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9 Comments »

  1. It was completely obvious it was bullshit because the guy updated his page at least twice during the day, once expressing his condolences to those killed and then showing his hit count. Both later disappeared, so perhaps he was enjoying the attention.

    Comment by . — April 17, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

  2. media over here (Australia) ran a picture of the guy who didn’t do it posing with about 14 rifles. My bet is he’ll be the next spokesfool for the NRA.

    It’s a shitty crazy thing to have happened, but if ‘disturbed writing’ is the next thing to get people quarantined where will anything worth reading come from? The teacher who put time into teaching him one-on-one should be held up as an example of a genuine educator.

    IMHO the blame lies squarely on the police –> if there was a double homicide with no certainty of motive, and no certainty that the armed killer had left the area, wouldn’t you expect that there’d at least be extra cops in the area and maybe even warnings of what to look out for? Maybe at least a whole bunch of extra campus security, at least comparable to the amount brought in for an orientation week.

    What a waste.

    Comment by typingisnotactivism — April 18, 2007 @ 11:14 am

  3. “IMHO the blame lies squarely on the police –> if there was a double homicide with no certainty of motive, and no certainty that the armed killer had left the area, wouldn’t you expect that there’d at least be extra cops in the area and maybe even warnings of what to look out for? Maybe at least a whole bunch of extra campus security, at least comparable to the amount brought in for an orientation week.”

    This is a piss poor excuse for placing blame. The blame as it is lies squarely with … the SHOOTER. This scumbag killed 32 people before offing himself, that’s not society’s fault, the police’s fault, some teacher’s fault, it’s HIS fault.

    Comment by Lord Nazh — April 18, 2007 @ 11:35 am

  4. So did he or did he not do it, Notsaussure?

    Comment by jameshigham — April 18, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

  5. hey hey Lord Nazh,

    blame is: “his parents didn’t bring him up right”, or “goddam liberals should have given all those students guns”

    responsibility is: “i am a trained law enforcement officer employed by the state/university and i have two dead bodies and i don’t know where the guy with the gun is. Maybe i should serve and protect.”

    get some logic up ya

    Comment by typingisnotactivism — April 18, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

  6. I blame Socrates.

    Comment by Flying Rodent — April 18, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

  7. hey typing: blame is HE KILLED THE PEOPLE

    doesn’t matter what happened in his upbringing or what the liberals did. The responsibility and blame are on the shooter.

    Blaming society, people’s parents or any other factor than the criminal is why we are in the mess we are in, no one takes personal responsibility for our actions and no one makes us do it.

    yes all the others have some blame, some fault, but they are not ultimately too blame for the dead.

    Comment by Lord Nazh — April 19, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

  8. hey Lord Nazh

    1. yawn
    2. i blame Flying Rodent, mwah.

    Comment by typingisnotactivism — April 19, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

  9. lol

    Comment by Lord Nazh — April 19, 2007 @ 1:38 pm


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