From the Desk of Pigdog Ice Station One
Report- Colorado shootings media coverage update
It is now 10:56 Pacific Standard Time, April 24 in the year of our lord
1999. Four days ago, two very disturbed individuals walked into their
suburban high school and began playing their own private real-life
version of a Quake death match. By the time they shuffled off this mortal
coil, they left behind enough mindless carnage to push even the most
jaded battle-hardened Vietnam vet to tears. The rest of the
world was left to ponder what happened and why.
When you get down to brass tacks, the most perfect creature to currently
roam this planet is the Shark. So perfect, in fact, that no more
evolutionary streamlining or modifications are needed. It is said that a
shark's senses are so sharp, it can detect a drop of blood miles away.
The same can be said of the modern media. Blood was spilled, and within
minutes the streamlined media machine converged -- looking to feed.
In the past three days, people have been demanding answers. The problem
is that they want SANE answers to an event that holds no rational
reasoning whatsoever. It is the perfect fodder for such shysters as
evangelist Bob Larson. On his radio show, Bob offered the following in
regards to the killing spree:
- Marilyn Manson is responsible for the killings.
- Putting on callers claiming to be kids who "were in the area", two of
which claimed to be from the school. One said that her friends caused
this to happen by casting a spell involving "the South Gate", and some
of her other friends were involved in the actual
- Kids should not be allowed to wear trench coats.
- One of the "Trench Coat Mafia" was an AOL user, his
- Send him money to keep Satan from doing these things in the future.
When it comes to such con artists it's a given that they'll offer up
this kind of bovine dung, gold spray-painted to appear as valuable
nuggets of truth.
Unfortunately, it didn't end here.
In the world of sharks, there is a fascinating event that takes
place when there are more sharks than there is food. In a blind
blood-scent driven desperation, each individual shark will try to take
as much of the food as it can. When it comes in contact with something
meaty and solid, the jaws will snap down, tearing away at whatever it
came in contact with. In more instances than not, it's usually soft
underbelly of a competing shark -- which in turn generates more blood,
which drives these perfect killing machines further into the depths of
lunacy. This is commonly known as a feeding frenzy. No shark is immune
to falling prey to it. It should be noted that their media
counterparts are not immune either.
For the question, "Why did these two kids do this?" there is only
one simple answer: "They were fucking nuts." [What drove them
psychotic is another matter.] This answer, though, does not register
well for the rational mind, because the thought process will spit out
the same answer over and over: "But a child could never do this!" How
wrong they are. A trip to any mental hospital will confirm this. Kids
are not only capable of committing acts of mindless violence, but have
since the dawn of human history.
So we are left with a starving mass of aroused carnivores, all
after the same single, bleeding piece of food. To date, we have heard
the following erroneous information about the two implicated in this
- They were Goths.
- One of the two listened to a German "Nazi" band called KMFDM
- They killed 25 people
- They had posted a warning about their actions online
- They were members of a group called "The Trench Coat Mafia"
- This was the worst school killing in US History
This list grows daily.
Several years ago, the band Negativland demonstrated how the mass media
was far more interested in getting a story out, than making sure what
they were reporting was not only accurate, but true. This resulted in
the album/documentary "Helter
You'd think that after having their noses rubbed so hard
in their own mess, the media wouldn't repeat the same mistake. Think
Time and time again in the past three days, false or incorrect
information has been circulating back and forth. To date, the two are
still being referred to as being members of "The Trench Coat Mafia",
despite current and former members denying this (as well as photographic evidence).
Well, to this I say, "Here's a fire- let's throw more gasoline on it."
To demonstrate the fact that the mass media would rather get a headline
out first, before checking on it's validity, Pigdog could issue the
following press both via email and posted to the web site under the
banner "We are very sorry."
WE ARE VERY SORRY
OFFICIAL PRESS-RELEASE ISSUED BY SMRL Staff 4/23/99:
Statement from the Pigdog staff regarding the recent events in
The staff & members of Pigdog would like to express their
deepest and most heartfelt sympathy for the parents, families and
friends of the murdered and injured in Littleton Colorado. We are
sickened and appalled by what has happened. Our sympathies also go out
to those that found themselves in the unfortunate position of being
associated with these two lunatics. You were not responsible for their
actions and it is our utmost wish that their actions will not reflect
Pigdog would also like to state that any and all
information found on Pigdog, and any of its members' web sites is
strictly for entertainment and education purposes only. And while some
material may be deemed as controversial, it is only dangerous when it
is used to harm and hurt, rather than educate and
Note: there is nothing in this press release that says we supplied any
information to the assailants, or have any connection with them. But
that wouldn't stop the press. Within 24 hours, breaking-new headlines
would read "Web site linked to killers." "Did computer group supply
killers with bomb information?" and so on.
It wouldn't matter one iota to them that it is nothing but a
statement expressing sympathy for victims of the shooting on all
sides, and a endorsement of freedom of speech and freedom of the
press. If it turns out what they are reporting is wrong, they'll
shrug it off and move on as if nothing happened, as recently
demonstrated so well by muckraker and pseudo-reporter Matt
Drudge. "Hey I just report the information. You don't expect me to
verify it do you? Who do you think I am, Carl Bernstein or Bob
Sadly, people are no longer interested in having Edward
R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite deliver the current events. Instead,
Jerry Springer tells us what's happening in our world, with field
reporting done by Geraldo Rivera. I expect a day very shortly where a
two-story house fire is reported as "Fiery skyscraper inferno.
Hundreds dead!" Don't think it can happen? Ask the families of the 25,
I mean 20, I mean 15 dead.