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Tue, Sep. 11th, 2007 12:02 am
My English paper

Alright so I want your opinions on this. The assignment is to read a paper that Marilyn Manson wrote on the Columbine shootings and give a 3-4 paragraph report on it. This is the first paper for this class and the Professor said that first papers are always the worst and not to fret. Heh, she said most of us would probably spend a hour to a hour and a half on it. Me? I took up the whole night fretting over whether it was rubbish. My English isn't perfect, I'm not this brilliant brain when it comes to grammar or putting my thoughts on paper. I qualified for English 101 though and I expect to write a decent report, I'm always looking at my work and putting it down, thinking it's not good enough. It's supposed to be short and when I printed it, it took up a page. It looks so small on my journal! :O
So I'd like your opinion. This is how I'm going to turn it in so hopefully it isn't a complete piece of garbage ;P
You can read Marilyn Manson's paper here.




Marilyn Manson has always been a controversial artist and after the Columbine

shootings, he became a scapegoat. Was it his fault though? Manson wrote an article

defending himself and mentioning where he thinks the blame lies; everybody. “Throw a

rock and you’ll hit someone who’s guilty” Manson says. He started his band to criticize

the hypocrisy of America. He chose the name “Marilyn Manson” because Charles

Manson has graced the cover of Time Magazine and has become as popular as Marilyn

Monroe.


Humans are a violent species; there was violence long before music or television.

Manson mentions the Bible as a great example; Cain murdering his brother Abel and

Jesus Christ being crucified in vivid detail. Skip forwards a couple thousand years and

we see the creation of the A-Bomb, a bomb so powerful, it can obliterate an entire city.

These scientists who created this powerful weapon are praised. The media focuses on

violence, from John F. Kennedy’s assassination coverage to the wreckage of Princess

Diana’s car. The media seems to thrive on these stories and America soaks it up like a

sponge.


Manson is right, America is a hypocritical society. Some groups of pro-life

activists will kill a doctor who performs abortions. Media reports mention Klebold and

Harris as being Manson fans. Later it is found out that they didn’t even like Marilyn

Manson’s music, he was just a convenient target. We need to stop blaming games like

Grand Theft Auto and focus more on how we treat each other.

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pansylove
pansylove
Captain of the SS Panvi
Tue, Sep. 11th, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)

I like your paper It makes great valid points. I enjoyed Manson's paper too...even though he trash talked my bb


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Tue, Sep. 11th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)

Thanks, I hoped that even though it was short, it hit on the key points.
Who he trash talk? Not icon BB O_O :O


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pansylove
pansylove
Captain of the SS Panvi
Tue, Sep. 11th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)

Frank Iero. My bb.


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Tue, Sep. 11th, 2007 08:29 am (UTC)

Ah. MM is very smart but he's also a jackass.


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box_of_sorrows
Box Of Sorrows
Tue, Sep. 11th, 2007 08:29 am (UTC)

that's pretty good :-)
Quite right too, society seems to feed on bad news, the worse the better and of course the media will always be right their to make money out of it and dig through every avenue of the story to keep milking it for as long as possible.


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witherwings7
witherwings7
Agent 27
Tue, Sep. 11th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)

It's absolutely horrible, people are just so fixated on these terrible events and these monsterous people (Manson) when people that should be getting the attention fade into the cracks. Teachers, doctors, scientists that make a breakthrough on something...
Society is warped.


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facecat
facecat
worst-case-scenario girl
Tue, Sep. 11th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)

Good job. Things that people are guilty of all around the world. We definitely need to focus more on treating each other in more positive ways. I would add something in there about personal responsibility also. I'm personally tired of people blaming everyone & everything else for themselves. Nicely done.


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machina
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Tue, Sep. 11th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)

i think it's fantastic!


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cartoondoggy
cartoondoggy
Sara
Tue, Sep. 11th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)

First I'll say something about Marilyn Manson article: I found it better written than I expected. He made a lot of points I agree with. I agreed when he said that people are not getting more violent, there is just more coverage on TV. Also, I liked his pacifist message about war coverage and how violence can't be solely blamed on the media.

I disagree that deviating from the mainstream to the extent of Marilyn Manson is a positive attribute. People point fingers at him for a reason: killers and sociopaths are more likely to be not as well integrated in society and 'outsiders.' It's a fact. Also, he made a lot of good points, which were weakened by his insistence on calling everyone 'morons', 'ignorant', etc. Calling names helps no one. Also, I don't think people can entirely be blamed for their fascination of serial killers. It's so outside the norm and death is part of all our lives, after all.

Great job on the essay. Do you think that their rampage was part of the televised violent culture we live in or do you think it was something deeper? I would elaborate that point. :)


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bellelvsbeast
bellelvsbeast
Officer Kelli
Wed, Sep. 12th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)

Wow, I didn't realize MM was such an eloquent writer...puts anything I've ever written to shame! hehehehehe ;)
I do like your paper...it has excellent points, and is well written...:)
I think you will do awesome on it, so don't worry! :)


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