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It's the crazy kind who flock to some peaceful, rural town in South Korea to interview S. Cho's grandma and grandpa then put the article prominently on the front page of various news media—while they were already in a deep grievance and moral guilt for something they should not be held responsible in the first place—that give the entire journalism sector a bad name.

Fuck you, CNN and Hankyeoreh; I though you bastards knew better than Fox TV and Chosun.  Leave those poor old people alone.

Sincerely t(-_-+t),
Eugene

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I'm surprised the Korean media is doing the same thing. Americans have always been finger-point-happy, but I thought it was only them.

So what were they asking? Were they trying to play the stupid blame game again?

The usual kind, how Cho was when he was young and stuff.

But the problem is not what kind of questions they were, but whom the questions were asked.  You've probably read on CNN and other news how some—if not the majority of—South Koreans were feeling guilty about the massacre, as if it were their fault.  Absurd it may seem to Westerner's eyes, that feeling of responsibility and guilt is one of the cultural factors of Korea: The society is viewed as one pseudo-organism and people feel a far greater sense of membership, sharing all the pride and joy, as well as guilt, remorse and responsibility.  Remember “Dear World: I didn't vote for Bush but I'm sorry that he's our president and for all the atrocities he's caused” sentiment?  That's probably a good analogy to how many Koreans feel, differing only in that Koreans feel so in a more socially imposed way.  And the smaller the “common denominator” is—a family instead of a nation, in this case—the greater the feeling of guilt, to the point of almost becoming a torment to whom it was inflicted upon.  In fact, there was a brief rumor among the Korean society in Virginia that Cho's parents have commited suicide, which is a prime epitome of this.

This feeling of responsibility, and membership is a major factor in having a true "community", where people actually "commune" with each other, with nature, and with themselves, instead of being selfish ingrates, who feels that responsibility should be im-posed upon everyone but themselves. Basically, community is something that most people in american society have no idea what it means, and have definately never experiences it. Our society was built upon the destruction of other "commmunities", e.g. african's forced into slavery, and the destruction of the native american societies.

The thing that pisses me off about this Cho thing so much is the fact that most people would like to consider it an isolated event. That this was something that simply had to do with Cho's insanity, purely and simple. But the truth is, all members of the American society in which Cho lived (including myself although I never came in contact with him) are partly responsible for this massacure. I don't care what anyone says, we live in this society, so it belongs to all of us, and we are all responsible for protecting it. Protecting it, not simply in the sense of protecting it FROM people like Cho, but also in the sense of protecting people LIKE CHO.

I am not trying to pain myself as a "Cho sympathizer", but more so as a human empath. For all those who express so much anger toward this man who did a terrible thing, while anger is a natural reaction, these people need to figure out what they can do about it. What is the root of this problem, what really caused this destruction? How can it be prevented in the future? Don't give me any bullshit like gun-control... Because if a man wants to kill, he will kill, whether it be by knife, poison, or gun, whether than gun be legal or not. So lets get real about this issue and stop trying to shift blame to the people who gave birth to this man, and instead, look at who influenced this man - the greatest influence of all is always society IMHO.

The concept of shared responsibility made sense back in the days where virtually all communities shared a reasonably small geographic boundary so people could talk to or do something about each other easily.  While this is still mostly the case these days, there are a growing number of exceptions where the rule of shared responsibility does not easily apply, thanks to the advance of communication and transportation technology.  And Cho's case is one of these exceptions: Did his relatives in South Korea—or the South Korean people in general—have any real means of knowing and doing something about the problem, while he was about six thousand miles away?  That's what I'm talking about.  They shouldn't (be made to) feel guilty for what has happened, but they do.  They feel guilty not because they could've done something about Cho, but because they simply belong to the same family, or to the same national lineage; in other words, because they belong to the same community as Cho does, while the “community” is now Transpacific.

While his relatives are a major part of his community, his community that has regular contact with him had greater influence and ample opportunity to take action. Some did, others didn't. In those areas, I see a real lack of social accountability.
Maybe they were trying to save face.
ditto