The Power Of Shunning


Two articles – the first is from Rick Wilson:

This was like a thousand other murders, carried out by a thousand other madmen. This was like a thousand other killings, be it with a knife or a hammer or a gun or fists. He was like a thousand other men, broken and dark and empty, punishing a woman who he imagines scorned him. He was like a thousand other killers, ridden by demons no mental health professional could correct or treat.

But this killing has the shock of the new built in. He set out not just to kill her, but to memorialize a digital record of his bloody vengeance. Instead of seeing the killing on grainy closed-circuit camera footage, or the tearful recountings of survivors and eyewitnesses, he’s turned his terrible work into a first-person shooter.

He recorded it on his phone. He posted his nearly-incoherent tweets, not as a justification but as a few final grunts out of his dead soul. He shared his video on Facebook. He faxed his manifesto. All the tools of our socially networked lives and world were used as a public channel for his rage. Even as a bit player on a local television station, he knew enough to exploit the boundless vacuum, thirsty for attention and clicks.


We’ve built a online society that posts our selfies, our food, our pets, our children, our high points and joys, all those manifestations of our best selves. There’s no turning the clock back, or unringing the bell of social media and technology, and we shouldn’t. The moral ambiguity of our tools is under-appreciated. We’ve become a people who believe in the agency of the weapon, not of the hand that wields it. The same social media account that lets you share something funny or touching or wonderful is the same social media the killer used today, and his ilk will use tomorrow.

There’s no solution to this problem. There’s no technical or regulatory fix. There’s no social structure to mediate this. We’ll see more first-person shooters, recording on their phones or their Google Glass or their brain implants, and we’ll stop feeling that this is new and shocking and just watch it settle into a terrible new normal.

I won’t use his name, because at least that’s a tiny, futile gesture to deny him his attention. All we can do is try to look away. Try not to click. Try not to share the product of the killers’ demented hearts.

But there is a solution, and he just said it. We can look away.

Why does someone shoot up a movie theater or school filled with total strangers? Because they want attention. They want infamy.

They want everyone to know their name. They want their picture in every paper and on every television.

We should respond the same way you respond to a child who is throwing a fit to get attention. We should look away. We should turn away the cameras. We should not say their names.

This isn’t censorship. It’s not something that the government could or should do. It’s something WE THE PEOPLE need to do. The best part is it won’t cost us anything.

What if each of us decided we would look away? What if we didn’t buy magazines, click on links, watch videos, tune into news reports or even talk about it?

What if we used social pressure to encourage the news media to stop sensationalizing these atrocities? Not a law, but a consumer-led campaign to deny fame to killers.

Imagine if the media treated these insane killers the same way they treated Kenneth Gosnell and the Planned Parenthood videos. Imagine if every tragedy wasn’t exploited by one side or the other. Imagine if the victims were more famous than the psychos who killed them.

Wilson is right – if only one person does it then it’s just a tiny, futile gesture. But it’s a start.

If you look away, and I look away, maybe those people over there will look away too.

About Dr. Myiq2xu

Unless President Donald J. Trump pulls a hat out of a rabbit real soon, on 1/21/21 I will wake up in a socialist banana republic.
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94 Responses to The Power Of Shunning

  1. votermom says:

    The Left (it’s mainly the Left) pushes all these “you are a victim and here’s why” propaganda, and mentally ill people buy into it and snap violently. Then the Left doubles down and says “see how victimization made that guy snap!”
    It’s like a less blatant, but still effective, way of creating suicide bombers. Instead of 72 houris they get infamy as a reward.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    They caught that creep who shot and killed the Ferguson 9-yr-old on her bed doing homework. Oh, he was just shooting at the house, wasn’t targeting her. #BlackLivesMatter riiiiiight?

  3. Dora says:

    What has happened to this party???

    Outrageous: DNC To Vote On Resolution Supporting Black Lives Matter Group

    • Dora says:

      Do they think that any white person will vote for a democrat after this?

    • votermom says:

      This is a cynical ploy to keep the black vote despite a) running all white candidates and b)going full open borders, which hurts blacks the most

    • DeniseVB says:

      Didn’t see your link Dora !

    • leslie says:

      It’s interesting that this is made public right after a mentally ill AA man who complained about his “mistreatment” while working for a television station, shot and killed 2 former colleagues while they were doing their job. He then made himself a victim yet again, when he shot and killed himself after fleeing the scene.
      So does the DNC come out with a program/plan/statement seeking increased treatment for persons with mental illness? No, they come out with this cr@p.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Speaking of BLM, looks like the DNC wants to make them “officially recognized”. Good grief the Dems have been taken over by thugs.

  5. Dora says:

    If anyone gets OANN (One America News Network) tonight Sarah Palin will be interviewing Donald Trump. It’s a new conservative network and my provider (Cablevision) doesn’t yet carry it. The interview should be interesting.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Is she working for them now? I get the channel !!

      • mothy67 says:

        She was hired last week. Note Roku!!!
        “As for where you can watch Palin’s interview with Trump, OANN is available on Amazon FireTV, Roku and something called KlowdTV, along Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse cable platforms in a handful of cities. On Point airs at 10 p.m. ET.”

        • DeniseVB says:

          I follow OAN on twitter and they post their more popular interviews after they’ve aired. Not sure if they have a live stream on their website. Good for Sarah !

          • Dora says:

            Yes indeed – good for Sarah. I’m glad to hear that she was hired. Now, I hope that Cablevision will start carrying that network soon. In the meantime, I will watch for the video of the Trump interview. Thanks.

          • leslie says:

            I looked up OANN for myself and, just like Dora, cablevision doesn’t carry it here, either. But, I noticed that OANN has videos on their site and one of them was a Sarah Palin video. I got the sense that they’d be carrying her interviews after the fact…

    • leslie says:

      I can’t pull them up on my server! I was able to yesterday, but not now.
      hmmmmmm I wonder what’s going on (putting on my best tinfoil tiara) ???

  6. DeniseVB says:

    2 p.m. Erika update. Jim Cantore said this is the path IF, IF she survives the land mass hit which looks like she’s entering now.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Oh my.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Watched her speech/presser today and heard her say that. I shouted at the TV that that and she was evil. Now I actually hate her.

      • leslie says:

        Is she basing her statements on what Huckabee said about the Iran deal? I don’t really care. Just as Joe and Mika said this morning, she is throwing bright, shiny object out there to distract from being under investigation by the FBI. And you know that bad attention is better than no attention at all, right?
        Just ask any 8 year old.

      • swanspirit says:

        That was a vile thing to say. Truly deeply vile. I now loathe her.

    • lizzy says:

      Hey, if they buy their own tickets we wouldn’t have to use box cars. They’re so tacky. Hillary should know better. Only Dems. plans to use box cars for citizens.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    This is pretty cool. A former HP board member who voted to fire Carly is endorsing her. Also explains that was the biggest mistake ! Good read….

    • 1539days says:

      Sadly, one of the things he wrote was very typical of companies where founding families still have control.

      “In the months and years after Carly left, the Board of Directors remained dysfunctional. The Board members who plotted Carly’s ouster eventually resigned after an embarrassing investigation by Congress.”

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Fun read about The Donalds college years. Gee I must have missed Obama’s “indepth interview of 300 classmates” ? This one isn’t slobbery nor a hit piece.

    • Dora says:

      Great article Denise. Thanks. I especially enjoyed reading this scene from his class:

      When a professor asked students in his small class why they had chosen to study real estate, the new student stood up.
      “I’m going to be the king of New York real estate.”
      The professor peered over his tortoiseshell glasses and said, “What’s your name, son?”
      “I am Donald Trump.”
      The other students in the small class rolled their eyes.

      It shows that The Donald hasn’t changed in 50 years. 🙂

      • leslie says:

        That article made me smile today. That line as well as the one about Candice Bergen have the “good sense” to turn down a date with him. I could also picture his burgundy attire and his burgundy Cadillac. 😉

        • DeniseVB says:

          I just finished Bergen’s memoir, Knock Wood. She never mentioned Trump during her college years, but every guy was hitting on her at the time, I guess she couldn’t remember them all, then again, this was written in 1984. (highly recommend this book if you enjoy dysfunctional ((daddy issues)) rich and beautiful girls coming of age in the 60’s. She never graduated UPenn because lucrative modelling and movie contracts. Poor thing, but so likable in this book ! ).

  10. DeniseVB says:

    More info on the Trump-Cruz rally in DC at the Capitol on Sept 9. (still tempted)

    • leslie says:

      THIS is the rally I’d want to attend. If I didn’t have to tend to grandbabies the day before and the day after, I’d fly in for this one.
      If I can switch days with the other grandmother for that week, I will do it.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Heck, I need a DC museum fix anyhow, I may just book a couple of days at a hotel near them around the rally date in case they sell out once this thing explodes with the angry mob 😉

  11. Myiq2xu says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Bishop Jackson is one of our local tea party organizers! He ran for Gov and got squished by the GOPe a few years ago. He must be destroyed Glad to see he’s still a sh*t stirrer when he’s not knocking Norfolk gangsta’s heads together via his ministry. ❤

  12. leslie says:

    I’m leaving for the White Sox game in a few minutes… Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain. It’s been threatening all day.

  13. mothy67 says:

    Sarah is on OANN right now. Not the interview.

  14. DeniseVB says:

    Why is Alison Parker’s dad lashing out about gun control/buying a gun/hooking up with Gov McAuliffe all over the news? He held a press conference today, and his daughter hasn’t even been buried yet. My heart aches for him , but com’on……

    • 1539days says:

      I can’t fault a parent for jumping to gun control as a solution when their child just died at the hands of a gunman. I blame the ghouls who coerce them into getting on TV ASAP so they can hog the spotlight.

  15. Dora says:

    TRUMP DOES IT AGAIN!… Goes Off on CNN Reporter at Fundraiser! (VIDEO)

    Donald Trump did it again!

    The crowd loved it. 🙂

  16. Underwhelmed says:

    More on the Clinton presser. The woman is unhinged. Only in Democrat Land would she think telling a reporter she’ll decide what questions he’s entitled to ask/have answered is a good look.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Hey, it worked for The Donald.

      • angienc says:

        I hate to admit it but Trump has way more charisma.
        That’s why it works for him.
        Our country likes celebrity.
        It worked for Obama and it looks like it’s working for Trump.

        (Not, btw, that there isn’t some things Trump is doing –such as driving the political class bonkers — that I’m not 100% enjoying).

  17. Dora says:

    Uh-Oh. The Trump/Cruz rally has someone in the WH all upset. Good.

    White House Slams ‘Pro-War Rally’ Featuring Trump, Cruz (Video)

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the event Republican presidential hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and businessman Donald Trump plan to attend outside the Capitol next month is “pro-war.”

    • DeniseVB says:

      Makes me want to go more than ever now. rollcall is another Oblahma mouthpiece sh*t rag. 😉

      • elliesmom says:

        I found out one of our more colorful local car dealers hosted a fundraiser for Trump tonight. It was in my price range, but I didn’t find out until too late. Cheaper than a concert ticket and likely to be as much fun. 😉

    • lizzy says:

      Josh lies badly-makes me want to throw things at my screen and yell. Every word he said could be challenged. He said Cruz supported the Iraq war but he is only in his first term.

      • leslie says:

        Well, they say bronco opposed the war and “voted against it”. Except he wasn’t even a blip on the radar at that time and no where near Congress or DC, much less be in a position to vote – for or against it (the war) or anything else.

  18. Myiq2xu says:

    The Washington Post published a column Thursday night by David Ignatius that purports to clear leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing in exclusively using a home brew server kept in her home that held top secret classified information during her four year tenure as secretary of state. The column is entitled The Hillary Clinton e-mail ‘scandal’ that isn’t.
    Ignatius’ lead defense witness for Clinton is one Jeffrey Smith who is given four paragraphs of quotes defending Clinton. Ignatius identifies Smith as “a former CIA general counsel who’s now a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he often represents defendants suspected of misusing classified information.”

    Smith is the only named source in Ignatius’ column.

    Ignatius and The Post failed to disclose that Smith served as a ‘close’ national security adviser for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and that Smith has a history with the Clintons going back to at least President Bill Clinton’s election in 1992.

    • DandyTIger says:

      I’m sure that was a complete accident. And the fact that that article spread like a wildfire among the Dem loyal is something WaPo will effectively and fairly remedy.

  19. Myiq2xu says:

    It’s the same girl in both videos. Notice anything different about her?

  20. angienc says:

    Hey guys — I don’t know if anyone here remembers AfroCity from back in the RD days, but I’m FB friends with her. Anyway, to refresh your memory, AfroCity is a black, female who became a Republican after the 2008 Dem primary. She is a librarian/curator specializing in old, rare books. In 2008 she was working in Chicago, but took another position in NYC 2 years ago.
    ANYWAY, what is leading me to post about her now is that she used to post under AfroCity Brown on FB, but similar to what happened to Swannie with FB, she had to reveal her actual name to stay on FB. She chose to reveal herself and shortly there after lost her job. Coincidence? Maybe. But definitely when she applied for another the interviewer asked her about her conservative associations. Now she is still looking for work but is facing eviction. She is also raising her niece (her brother died shortly after the 2008 election and the biological mother can’t care for her). IF — and only IF — anyone wants to chip in a few buck to help her out until she can find another position, you can go to her “GoFundMe” page here:

    • DandyTIger says:

      Thanks for the heads up. I don’t think that’s a coincidence at all, esp. in the NYC to Chicago vile prog bubbles.

    • 1539days says:

      Yet another reason I won’t get an account on Facebook.

    • lyn says:

      Will give her some money. I’ll post it on Facebook and share on Twitter.

    • swanspirit says:

      I doubt very seriously that it was a coincidence that Afrocity lost her job. I cannot tell you how disgusting it is to me that this happened to her. This is what we can expect with Demrats in power. They think this is ok. They are communist/fascists through and through, and all of the things they accuse the Republicans of doing; or wanting to do, are their projected fantasies, about what they would like to do to anyone that doesn’t agree with them.

  21. mothy67 says:

    On OAN they said 66% of millenials get their news from twitter and Facebook.. How does a conservative candidate fight that?

    • DandyTIger says:

      Use Twitter and Facebook to get news out. And orgs and candidates should use the same to get their message out. But a big part of that isn’t just posting stuff, but it’s social networking efforts to get others to share.

    • 1539days says:

      Millenials aren’t that big of a voting block and they will generally get more conservative. I still think early voting and the ability of Democrats to go into big cities and bus people every day to the polls is the bigger problem.

  22. Venus says:

    Sarah Palin interviewed the Stump for the Trump ladies:

    I really do love those gals.
    Diamond/Silk 2016!

  23. lyn says:

    Thought this photo was cute. (Hope it appears.)

  24. Myiq2xu says:


  25. lyn says:

    Today’s winning tweet:

  26. lyn says:

    WMCB posted this on Twitter.

  27. Myiq2xu says:


  28. Dora says:

    Wonderful rant by Rush – as most of his rants are. 🙂

    Rush Limbaugh Fully Understands The Rise of The “Vulgarians”….

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