Re-enactment and Rambo

Rambo
Heard the news about the Alabama killing spree this morning and my heart sank.  I once heard an improbable deconstruction of the Hungerford massacre by the journalist Tom Davies where he pointed to the parallels between the journey of the gunman from a forest, through a conflagration at a service station to a showdown in a factory. Tom had picked over the smoking ruins of Ryan's house and found a video of Rambo which he handed in. The police weren't having anything to do with such a crackpot theory – Cracker and criminal psychology had not yet reached our TV screens. But if we send out direct mail and expect an bevioural response from a minority then is it beyond consideration that certain storylines resonate with a tiny minority who use them as mental furniture to enact their fantasies?  The first byline of the Alabama story was that the gunman went and shot up a petrol station – which was why it snagged my attention.

I'm not sure what conclusions we draw from this. I'm not advocating the banning of books and films because of the actions of a tiny minority.  It might be that we might find evidence of strong culture memes in these extreme behaviours at the margin of human norms – a kind of gruesome tracking study. Simply that we recognise that enactment and imitation are a human activity and are more common than we realise. That aside if you hear there's a maniac on the loose be sure to avoid petrol stations if yoy possibly can!

Search
Google



WWW
furtherandfaster.paab.biz

Twitter Updates
Archives
Categories
Photo Albums
Grindleford Grinch April 2007TV stations JeddahWillie Williams exhibitionPutna Sihastra Monastery 2011Planners drinks night No1 Bucharest


Designed by Matthew Pattman