Won’t dwell on this subject for longReuters suggest that the latest high school massacre in Finland is prompting copycat incidents elsewhere.
“Hours earlier the killer, apparently in a copycat version of the Virginia Tech killings in the US in April this year, had posted a video entitled Jokela High School Massacre 11/7/2007, on YouTube in the name of Sturmgeist89 (Stormspirit89)
The video depicted a building resembling the school bursting apart to reveal the killer pointing his gun at the camera. Other material posted on the internet, and removed yesterday following the murders, showed a gunman shooting at an apple in a forest and a 1,000-word “manifesto of a natural selector” outlining the scenario for yesterday’s killings and last edited late on Tuesday” (the Guardian)
And copying is a weak force in shaping human behaviour? Just for low involvedment stuff like fashions and popular music? Wish it was so but it ain’t